Hundreds of Children Die Every Year in Shower / Bath Tube Accidents
According to an online news story published on crimeonline.com, a 9-year-old boy tragically drowned in a bathtub in Texas over the weekend. Police launched an investigation into what caused this tragic, fatal accident. Law enforcement authorities stated that they received a report of a drowning at approximately 10 in the evening at a home located in southwest Houston. Houston Police Commander K. Anthony-Miller stated that the responding rescue crew and police officers reached the residence, and that is where they discovered a man performing CPR on his 9-year-old grandson.
The news report stated that the grandfather explained to the officers that he discovered the boy lying unresponsive in a tub after he had been taking a shower. The grandfather stated that he pulled the boy from the tub and then called 911. The child was then rushed to a local hospital, where he was tragically pronounced deceased.
The news report states that drowning deaths among small children are not uncommon, and a majority of these fatalities involve children between one and four years old. Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death amongst children between the ages of one and four, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A CPSC report concerning home drownings and non-fatal submersions has found that more than 680 incidents were reported between 2006 and 2010. Those incidents involved children under the age of five. These incidents resulted in over 430 fatalities and more than 230 injuries. Seventeen of the incidents had no reported injuries or deaths.
The overwhelming majority of drowning victims, around Eighty-two percent, were under two years old, according to the CPSC. Eighty-one percent of the reported incidents involved bath products or bathtubs.
Parents and those who care for small children are urged to take the following safety precautions to prevent accidental drowning deaths and injuries:
- Never leave small children alone in a bathtub, shower, or pool.
- Keep the child within arm's reach.
- Never leave children under the supervision of another child.
- Never leave small kids by buckets or containers with liquid.
- Empty buckets and keep them out of reach of small kids.
- Never leave rain collection buckets outside where children live
- Lock toilet seat covers.
- Learn CPR.
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