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Prevención del ahogamiento en el hogar

Un niño puede ahogarse en tan sólo 2 pulgadas de agua. Esto sucede rápidamente y en silencio. Cada año, cerca de 90 niños se ahogan dentro del hogar, y dos terceras partes de estas muertes se producen en la bañera. Cada una de estas tragedias es prevenible.

La CPSC proporciona alertas, guías, afiches, folletos, manuales y otros materiales que usted puede usar para ayudar a difundir en su comunidad información sobre seguridad en materia de productos del consumidor.

Usted puede solicitar* gratuitamente copias impresas de las Guías de seguridad enviando su solicitud a info@cpsc.gov. Por favor incluya el nombre y liga de internet de la guía, número de copias que solicita, y su nombre, dirección postal y de correo electrónico. Debe recibir su pedido en 3-4 semanas.

Las alertas de seguridad y los afiches de la Red para la seguridad de la comunidad (Neighborhood Safety Network, NSN, por su nombre y siglas en inglés) solo están disponibles en SeguridadConsumidor.gov para imprimir, publicar o compartir; no para ordenar.

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Layers of Protection

In addition to close supervision, CPSC recommends layers of protection, including barriers, such as a fence with self-closing, self-latching gates, completely surrounding pools to prevent unsupervised access by young children. If the house forms a side of the barrier, use alarms on doors leading to the pool area or a power safety cover over the pool. It is important to always be prepared for an emergency by having rescue equipment and a phone near the pool. Also, parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Look in the Pool First

CPSC’s latest data shows that there are, on average, 379 reported pool-or-spa related fatal drownings involving children younger than 15 years old each year. Children younger than 5 years old account for about 75 percent of these drownings, more than half of which are attributed to a gap in adult supervision. Most of the victims had been missing for 5 minutes or less when they were found. Precious time is often wasted looking for missing children anywhere but in the pool. Since every second counts, always look for a missing child in the pool or spa first.

Drowning is Silent

Parents may think that if their child falls in the water, they will hear lots of splashing and screaming, and that they will be able to come to the rescue. Many times, however, children slip under the water silently. Even people near or in the pool have reported hearing nothing out of the ordinary during drowning incidents.

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  • Stop In-Home Drowning Deaths
    • Children can drown quickly and silently in containers of water inside the home as well as in outdoor pools. Be aware. Don’t let it happen.
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