Buckets more dangerous to children than guns

child in a bucket

Well only if you are under the age of 5, otherwise you have to move up to orders of magnitude more dangerous swimming pools. From the Children’s Hospital in Boston:

Small children can drown when they lean forward to look into a bucket or open the toilet. Because the head is the heaviest part of a small child, it is easy for him/her to fall over into a container. Containers filled with liquid often weigh more than the small child and will not tip over when the child falls in.

And from Table 2 which shows “unintentional drownings“:

(place) number(percent)
Swimming pools —– 435 (31)
Jacuzzi/hot tub/whirlpool/spa —– 22 (2)

Bathtub —– 81 (6)
Buckets —– 26 (2)
Other specified sites —– 15 (1)
Other unspecified sites 3 (

Now for the stats on accidental gun deaths. The CDC’s WISQARS says:

1999 . . . . . . 12
2000 . . . . . . 19
2001 . . . . . . 15
2002 . . . . . . 12
2003 . . . . . . . 7
2004 . . . . . . 15

It’s a close race but when it comes to accidents buckets kill more kids! This is a best attempt at an apple to apple comparison of accidental deaths. The accidental drowning statistics are incomplete for a variety of reasons. The most notable is that 8% of the death certificates for accidental drownings didn’t list the location of drowning. So it is highly likely that the number of children that drown in buckets is higher.

The UMass Dartmouth professor Peter Friedman writes “even bicycles and tricycles caused more accidental fatalities (762) than firearms.” And according to University of Chicago professor Steven Levitt, swimming pools are 100x more dangerous for children.

PEDIATRICS Vol. 108 No. 1 July 2001, pp. 85-89 Where Children Drown, United States, 1995, Ruth et al
Children’s Hospital Boston, Water Safety
CDC, National Vital Statistics Reports, Deaths, Injuries 2002, Volume 54, Number 10, page 35
CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Mortality Data – Injury Summary

4 Responses to “Buckets more dangerous to children than guns”

  1. slimslaby Says:

    Isn’t “water” the real killer here ?


  2. loxety Says:

    Please write your congressmen to ban water! Do it for the children!

  3. El Tejon Says:

    Ban water . . . for the children!

    I demand a total water ban for L.A., Boston, New York City and Washington D.C. No water at all.

    This will accomplish two things: it will keep our children safe and it will rid us of socialist morons who work to destroy our freedoms.

  4. wacki Says:

    “Isn’t “water” the real killer here ?”

    You could say the same thing about lead and steel.

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