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Bathtubs, Toilets & Buckets
Facts, Figures & General Information
It takes only a few seconds for a childhood drowning or near-drowning to happen. Usually, there are no warnings such as screams or splashing a drowning victim is in trouble. In addition to outdoor drowning hazards (i.e., swimming pools and hot tubs), young children are especially vulnerable to drowning risk areas inside the home including toilets, bathtubs and five-gallon buckets.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Child in Bathtub
  • Always stay within “touch” supervision. This means keeping children within an arm’s reach when they are around standing water at home, including buckets, bathtubs, toilets and spas.
  • Always supervise young children during bath time. Never allow older siblings to supervise children in or around standing water.
  • Baby bath seats are not a safety device and should never substitute for adult supervision.
  • Drain the bathtub immediately after using.
  • Do not store electrical appliances such as blow dryers and radios near sinks and tubs. Keep these out of children’s reach at all times.
  • Set your water heater at 120o Fahrenheit or below to reduce the risk of burns and scalds from hot tap water.
  • When bathing children, turn the cold water on first and then add warm water.
  • Keep bathroom doors closed and use door knob covers to prevent young children from accessing bathrooms.
  • Use toilet seat locks and keep toilet lids shut.
  • Be sure all buckets are emptied immediately after use and turned over with the opening face down.
  • Store large buckets out of children’s reach.

For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547