Drowning Concerns Around the Home

Summer vacation may soon be over for students but not the hot summer days. We are all still trying to find some relief from this heat.

A nice swimming pool is so tempting, especially to little ones. That means you have to watch even more closely because swimming pools can become death traps to children, but that's not the only potential drowning spot.

"I don't care how much he swims like a fish; you should never leave any children alone in a pool,” says Dr. Ingrid Rachesky, Pediatrician.

And you should never underestimate a toddler’s determination to get out to the pool, even if you have a fence around it. Many of those pools, while they may be enclosed with a fence, are not fenced away from the home.

“They use one side of their home as an enclosure for the fence, and that's actually just asking for trouble.”

Ideally, a fence should be around the pool on all four sides with a self-closing, self-latching gate, with no side connected to the house, but even so, you still need to keep an eye on that toddler; you should never leave them alone.

The pool isn't the only drowning danger your child can face. Take a look at your toilet, it can pose a threat. Your toilet is a potential danger point for toddlers.

“They pull up to stand at the toilet. It looks really interesting down there. The water's nice and swirly. They reach in to try and touch the water. They're top heavy. They fall in head first, they can't get out."

So take an extra second and lock the bathroom door or get a toilet latch put on, and take some extra time to look around your home and see what else could pose a drowning hazard.

“Some of those huge five gallon plastic buckets; lots of people reuse them and put their cleaning fluids in them or water with cleaning. They're the same sort of danger.”

And don't forget your bathtub. It's not safe to leave your toddler to go answer the phone. Let the phone ring. Let the doorbell ring or pick them up out of the tub in a towel and take them with you. It only takes seconds.

If you'd like more information you can call Dr. Rachesky or Bay Medical Center.


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