Most parents and caregivers are aware of the dangers that a pool can bring. However, there are some hidden water dangers that can lurk in a home. Child drownings and child injuries can be prevented by being watchful and aware. It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown and in only a few inches of water. More than 50 percent of young children who drown do so in swimming pools, however, the rest simply come across small amounts of standing water around the house or yard.
Some common water dangers include:
• Kiddie Pools – Small plastic or inflatable pools are great for the summer months, but if they are not emptied after every use, they can pose a danger for small children. It is also important to supervise children in kiddie pools to make sure that they are safe at all times.
• Bath Tubs – Even if your bathtub only contains a small amount of water, it is still enough to be a danger to a little child. A child could easily fall in the tub and not be able to get out.
• Toilets – The toilet can be seen as a toy to a young child. To prevent your child from playing around or in the toilet, keep the bathroom door closed or get a child safety lock for your toilet.
• Mop or Cleaning Buckets – It’s easy to begin cleaning the kitchen or bathroom, take a break, and begin to do something else. Do not ever leave standing water in a bucket around for a child to get into. Better to dump it out and start over than risk a tragic accident.
• Ditches – If there are ditches or holes near your home, they may cause a hidden water danger. When it rains, these ditches can fill up with water and become a threat to your kids. Know where there are these ditches are in your yard so you can be aware of them.
• Hot Tubs – Like swimming pools, hot tubs are deeper bodies of water that may be more obvious to parents and caregivers. Be sure to keep the cover on your hot tub when you are not using it and supervise your young children if they are playing outside.
The number one way to prevent a child injury around water is to watch your children around water. Knowing what the risks are is important in preventing them as well. If you are ever in need of a personal injury lawyer or child injury lawyer, contact us for a free case evaluation.