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Every year thousands of children drown or suffer injury from near-drowning. Consequently, drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-4.
Drowning primarily occurs in pools, however, drowning also occurs in bathtubs, toilets and small water buckets. It is important to realize that a child can drown in one inch of water.
The National SAFEKIDS Campaign reports that more than half of drownings among infants occur in bathtubs and that more than 85 percent of drownings among children aged 1-4 are pool related.
Golder Ranch Fire encourages everyone to take the time to reduce the risk of child/infant drownings:
- Never leave a child unattended (the majority of pool related drownings reported that the child was last seen inside the home with one or both of the parents).
- Ensure that your pool has a self-closing / latching gate and approved pool cover.
- Ensure that a telephone is near the pool area to report emergencies immediately.
- Empty water from all potential drowning sources (buckets, bathtubs, etc.).
- Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub or wading pool.
- Learn CPR and ensure that children are under adult supervision.