Household Safety: Preventing Drowningenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-preventDrown-enHD-AR1.gifWater safety is important at any age, but especially if you have babies or toddlers. Here's how to reduce drowning risks.toddlers, infant, infants, newborn, newborns, safety, medicines, medications, cleaning supplies, water safety, drowning, bathtubs, baths, bathing, household safety, drowned, drown, prevent drowning, showers, bathed, giving kids a bath, bathrooms, bathroom hazards, bathroom safety, bath room, giving babies a bath, hazardous, unsafe, childproofing, child proofing, swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, vests, water wings, rafts, pools, tubes09/27/200505/31/201805/31/2018Kate M. Cronan, MD05/23/20187d1f4c01-4494-4797-8568-5ef4e5be6720https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-drowning.html/<p>Water safety is important at any age, but especially if you have babies or toddlers. Drowning can happen very quickly and in less than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of water. So filled bathtubs, swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, and even buckets of water and sinks can be dangerous.</p> <p>To reduce the risk of drowning:</p> <p><strong>Bathroom</strong></p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Never leave a baby unattended in the bath. If you must answer the phone or door, don't rely on an older sibling to watch the baby; wrap your baby in a towel and bring him or her with you.</li> <li>Never leave a bathtub, bucket, or other container filled with any amount of water or other liquid unattended.</li> <li>Never use a bathtub seat or supporting ring without constant adult supervision. The seat can overturn or a baby may slip out into the water.</li> <li>Install a toilet-lid locking device and keep bathroom doors closed at all times. (Or you may want to install a doorknob cover.)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Pool</strong></p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If you have a pool in your backyard, install fencing at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) high on all sides of the pool, as well as a self-closing and self-latching gate with a lock that's out of a child's reach.</li> <li>Consider installing a pool alarm or cover, but know that these are not substitutes for fencing and adult supervision.</li> <li>Remove toys from the pool when kids are finished swimming to prevent them from trying to recover them when unsupervised.</li> <li>Inflatable flotation devices such as vests, water wings, rafts, and tubes can give a false sense of security in the pool and are not effective in protecting a child from drowning. Never use these as a substitute for constant adult supervision.</li> <li>Dump out all water from a wading pool when you're finished using it.</li> <li>Remove any ladders from an above-ground pool when not in use.</li> <li>If you leave your child with a babysitter, make sure he or she is comfortable supervising your child in the pool and understands your pool rules.</li> </ul> <h3><strong>Be Prepared</strong></h3> <p>Whether you're expecting a baby or already have a child, it's a good idea to:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Learn <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cpr.html/">CPR</a> and the Heimlich maneuver.</li> <li>Keep these numbers near the phone (for yourself and caregivers) and put them in your cellphone: <ul> <li>toll-free poison-control number: 1-800-222-1222</li> <li>doctor's number</li> <li>parents' work numbers and other contact information</li> <li>neighbor's or nearby relative's number (if you need someone to watch other children in an emergency)</li> </ul> </li> <li>Make a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/firstaid-kit.html/">first-aid kit</a> and keep emergency instructions inside.</li> <li>Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.</li> </ul>Seguridad en casa: cómo prevenir los ahogamientosLa seguridad en el agua es importante a cualquier edad pero si usted tiene bebés o niños pequeños en su casa, es crucial.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/safety-drowning-esp.html/039d7f12-6182-416e-b62c-91d0938fd6b9
Backyard and Pool: Household Safety ChecklistUse these checklists to make a safety check of your home, including your backyard and pool area. You should answer "yes" to all of these questions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/household-checklist-backyard.html/060712ea-ed55-475b-b5e8-bfec804b8755
CPREvery parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cpr.html/a1e1570d-d463-448d-aca6-15c2d12abc5f
Childproofing and Preventing Household AccidentsYou might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/0dfb8dee-0285-4d87-a4d3-a048bdc1289e
Choosing Safe Baby Products: BathtubsBaby bathtubs give parents a safe way to wash a wet, slippery baby. Here's how to choose and use one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-bathtubs.html/b6a8391f-dcc6-4e97-a3a5-f022d36fa78d
Household Safety ChecklistsYoung kids love to explore their homes, but are unaware of the potential dangers. Learn how to protect them with our handy household safety checklists.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/household-checklist.html/dc6bee21-6c4d-41fb-a5fa-136ae12e0017
Summer SafetyKeep the fun in summer by keeping your child safe in the sun, the water, and the great outdoors.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/summer-center.html/f78cbb46-4d28-4017-8ffa-f012f6ba0e4c
Summer Safety CenterWant to avoid summer hazards so you can focus on the fun? This center offers tips for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/summer-center.html/714f039c-b155-4f8a-81ec-8e8e7eab6762
Water SafetyKids need constant supervision around water - whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here's how to keep them safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety.html/2d655ca4-ced3-416b-875a-84c876f10510
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