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Wherever you have water in and around your home, supervising small children is critical. (Remember our Baby’s Bath: What You Need to Know blog from last year?)  About once every four days, a child under the age of 5 drowns in a bathtub, bucket, toilet or landscape pond. Eighty percent of these incidents happen in a bathtub.  Wow! How many parents know that?

Take some time during Baby Safety Month to watch this video to see how you can help save 87 children. Use this YouTube (…)

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A few inches of water. A short lapse in supervision.

That’s all it takes for a child to drown.

Maybe mom, dad or the caregiver left the bathroom to answer the phone. Maybe they left to get a towel. Maybe an older sibling was left to watch a younger one.

These are some of the reasons bathtubs are the second-leading location, after pools, where young children drown.

A new report from CPSC shows that there were 431 in-home drowning deaths involving children younger than 5 years old (…)

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Did you know that after pools, more children younger than 5 years old drown in bathtubs than in any other product in and around your home? Most bathtub drowning and near-drowning incidents are to children under the age of 2.

From 2004-2006, nearly 100 children younger than 5 years of age drowned each year in bathtubs, baby bath seats or bathinettes, buckets and pails and in landscaping or yard products. Sixty-three percent of those drowning were in bathtubs; 12 percent were in baby bath seats (…)

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From 1983 through November 2009, there were 174 reported deaths involving bath seats. In many instances, babies were left alone while bathing. A newly approved federal standard for infant bath seats ensures that new bath seats made after the standard takes effect will be safer. This standard is one step towards saving babies’ lives.

Information gathered by CPSC staff indicates that no baby bath seat currently on the market complies with the new mandatory standard .

This standard, though, (…)

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