Surprising Home Drowning Hazards
Did you know that a small child can drown in as little as one to two inches of water -- which is just enough to submerge her mouth and nose? Be sure to childproof these danger zones in your home and yard.
Never leave a child under 4 alone in the tub or near a running bath. A school-age child can bathe by himself -- but a parent should stay within earshot.
Baby bath seats or rings
Never leave your child unattended in a bath seat -- he could slip down into the water and get trapped underneath, or the ring could tip over.
Buckets and containers
A curious toddler can fall headfirst into a water-filled bucket and be unable to get out. Even a cooler filled with melting ice can be a drowning hazard. Always make sure to empty after use.
Keep toilet cover down and bathroom door closed at all times. Install a toilet-cover safety latch.
Make sure the top of your diaper pail fits securely and can't be lifted off by small fingers.
Empty child-size pools after use and store on their sides.