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Kids can drown in an inch of water

If you've got buckets in your home and you have children, this is a potential disaster. America Now Host Leeza Gibbons explains how it takes as little as an inch of water for a child to drown.

Experts say we have to think of ways that we can keep our babies safe when we're bathing them. Remember the temperature of the water; remember to face the baby away from the faucet so that you don't accidentally hit  hot, which could scald the baby's delicate skin. Kids are not just little adults -- they're developing and their skin is very, very fragile.

"Kids are more sensitive to their body temperature heating up and to getting blistered and scalded, I would imagine," says Leeza.

In terms of temperature, they heat up three to five times faster then we do. So be extra careful with children.

Buckets around the house area also a concern. It could be a toy, or it could be a bucket for cleaning -- either way, this can be disastrous.

A child's head would fit in most buckets.

"And toddlers, especially, get kind of top-heavy if they peer down and they're feet up, they're stuck," says Leeza. "It only takes one inch of water!"

In just a short period of time, if a child has access to a little bit of water, only an inch of water is enough of a risk for a child to drown. The most important thing to do is to be present. To supervise your child so that you're there, so that you never walk away from a child in or around water.

So remember, when it's baby's bath time, pay close attention to the temperature of the water and face your little one away from the faucet so they won't be scalded accidentally. And whether it's just an inch or a swimming pool full, never leave young children unattended in or near water.

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