Eighty-seven is a number to keep in mind. According to numbers from the Consumer Safety Protection Commission, it’s the average number of children under the age of 5 who drown yearly in or around the home. That’s every four days a young child drowns in a bathtub, bucket, toilet or landscape pond.
Eighty percent of these accidental, but preventable deaths occur in the bathtub when mom or dad leaves for “just a second” to grab the phone or the door, or a babysitter leaves to grab a towel. A few seconds is all it takes for a child to drown quietly. It would take more than a lifetime to get over such a heartbreaking event.
Experts agree that you should NEVER leave your child unattended in a bathtub, and you should keep young children within an arm’s reach at all times. If you must get up to do something, take the child with you.