CPSC, Industry & Safety Groups Mark
Baby Safety Month with Drowning Prevention Campaign
WASHINGTON, D.C. - September is Baby Safety Month. The
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Juvenile Products
Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JPMA), Babies "R" Us and other child
safety organizations are marking Baby Safety Month with the launch of an
information campaign on water safety and preventing drowning in and around
"Mention drowning hazards, and most likely the first thing
that comes to mind is the dangers of backyard pools," said CPSC Chairman
Hal Stratton. "In recent years, an average of about 250 children under
5-years-old drown in pools nationwide each year, but about 115 additional
young children drown in other products in and around the homes - including
bathtubs, buckets, toilets, hot tubs, spas and other containers."
As part of the campaign to prevent these drowning deaths, CPSC is
providing safety tips for parents and caregivers. A main feature of the
campaign is the distribution of a new color pamphlet on water safety tips.
Babies "R" Us provided nearly 200,000 of the color pamphlets in English
and Spanish to the commission, and is distributing additional copies
throughout their 188 Babies "R" Us stores and 679 Toys "R" Us stores.
JPMA, the creator and sponsor of Baby Safety Month, is a national trade
organization of more than 400 companies in North America. JPMA uses Baby
Safety Month to reach childcare providers with safety education messages
through in-store Baby Safety Month promotions. JPMA provides retailers
with promotional kits that include tools and information to hold
successful educational seminars and other activities.
In addition to JPMA and Babies "R" Us, other organizations partnering with
the commission are First Candle/SIDS Alliance, the National SAFE KIDS
Campaign, Kids in Danger, and the Danny Foundation. These organizations
are using their grassroots networks to distribute this safety information.
In-Home Drowning Prevention Tips include:
Never leave a baby alone in a bathtub for even a second.
Always keep the baby in arm's reach. Don't leave a baby in the care of
another young child. Never leave to answer the phone, answer the door,
to get a towel or for any other reason. If you must leave, take the baby
A baby bath seat is not a substitute for supervision. A
bath seat is a bathing aid, not a safety device. Babies have slipped or
climbed out of bath seats and drowned.
Never use a baby bath seat in a non-skid, slip-resistant
bathtub because the suction cups will not adhere to the bathtub surface
or can detach unexpectedly. Babies could tip over and drown.
Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of
liquid unattended. When finished using a bucket, always empty it
immediately. Don't leave buckets outside where rainwater can collect in
them.Young children can drown in a small amount of water.
Store buckets where young children cannot reach them.
Buckets, accessible to children, that are left outside to collect
rainwater are a hazard. Toddlers have fallen headfirst into 4- and
5-gallon buckets and drowned.
Always secure safety covers and barriers to prevent
children from gaining access to spas or hot tubs when not in use. Some
non-rigid covers, such as solar covers, can allow a small child to slip
in the water and the cover would appear to still be in place.
Keep the toilet lid down to prevent access to the water
and consider using a toilet clip to stop young children from opening the
lids. Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of
Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) -- it can be a
lifesaver when seconds count.
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