Tips to Reduce the Risk of Drowning Bathroom Never leave a baby unattended in the bath. If you must answer the telephone or door, don’t rely on an older sibling to watch the baby; wrap your baby in a towel and bring him or her with you. Never leave a bathtub, bucket, or other container filled with any amount of water or other liquid unattended. Never use a bathtub seat or supporting ring without constant adult supervision. The seat can overturn or a baby may slip out into the water. Install a toilet-lid locking device and keep bathroom doors closed at all times. (Or you may want to install a doorknob cover.)
Pool If you have a pool in your backyard, install fencing at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) high on all sides of the pool, as well as a self-closing and self-latching gate with a lock that’s out of a child’s reach. Consider installing a pool alarm or cover, but realize these devices are not substitutes for fencing and adult supervision. Remove toys from the pool when kids are finished swimming to prevent them from trying to recover them when unsupervised. Inflatable flotation devices such as vests, water wings, rafts, and tubes can give a false sense of security in the pool and are not effective in protecting a child from drowning. Never use these as a substitute for constant adult supervision. Dump out all water from a wading pool when you’re finished using it. Remove any ladders from an above-ground pool when not in use. If you leave your child with a babysitter, make sure he or she knows your rules for the pool.