Buckets can kill small children

Buckets seem so innocent -- how can a bucket kill a child? Unfortunately, about 20 children die in the U.S. every year because they drown in buckets.

Children love water. When a child sees a bucket of water, it is an instant attraction. Unfortunately, toddlers are top heavy. If a toddler reaches into a bucket to touch the water, it is very easy for the child to tip right in headfirst. The child will never get back out.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

    5-gallon buckets, often used for household chores, pose a serious threat to toddlers. Their tall, straight sides combined with their stability make it nearly impossible for top-heavy infants to free themselves when they topple in headfirst.

Steps you can take

  • NEVER leave a bucket of water in your house where small children can reach it. Even something as simple as answering the door or using the restroom can leave a window of time long enough to drown a child.

  • ELIMINATE all industrial, 5-gallon buckets from your household.

  • Keep in mind that any unattended container of water anywhere in the house is a potential drowning hazard for a young child.

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