Hidden Drowning Danger: Buckets
Health experts are warning parents about a hidden danger inside your home.
Most homes have buckets sitting around, and they can be dangerous if you leave water in them.
Doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital say that toddlers can get stuck inside a bucket and drown.
Experts say the risk is greatest for toddlers.
To prevent drownings inside the home, experts have these suggestions and reminders:
-Young children can drown in bathtubs, toilets, sinks, buckets, coolers or any place in the house where water can collect.
- Most drownings in the home happen in the bathroom. Parents with young kids should always keep the bathroom door shut. Placing a safety cover over the door knob will help prevent kids from opening the door.
- An adult, not an older sibling, must watch infants and young children in the bathtub at all times. Children can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone.
- Some parents think that using a baby bath seat will keep their child safe, but baby bath seats do NOT prevent drowning.
- Parents should remember to always keep the lid of the toilet down. If there are young children in the house, put a toilet lock on the lid.
- Always remember to drain the bathtub immediately after using it.
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