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Alfredo de Jesus Celis de la Rosa Maria de Jesus Orozco Valerio Ana Cecilia Mendez Magaña Alfredo Celis Orozco

Abstract

Background: Unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death for children younger than 5 years old. A bucket is one of the most common water container in which children can drown. The objective of this work was to evaluate the base diameter of a bucket and the necessary force to shed it.


Methods: This was an experimental study. We used six galvanized buckets of different diameters. Each selected bucket was pulled using a pulley with other buckets full of water until the water spilled out. The statistical analysis was done by linear regression with p<0.05 as statistically significant.


Results: This research shows a direct relation between the wide base diameter (in a bucket 23 cm high, 25 cm rim, with a 20 cm water depth) and the strength required to spill the liquid contents (β = 1.21; x = diameter of the base in centimeters; α = ‑14.59; r = 0.99 and p < 0.001).


Conclusions: We conclude that the bucket structure could determine the risk of child drowning. The risk could increase directly as its base width increases.

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How to Cite
CELIS DE LA ROSA, Alfredo de Jesus et al. A search for a safer bucket to prevent children drowning at home. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 91-94, july 2017. ISSN 2008-4072. Available at: <http://jivresearch.org/jivr/index.php/jivr/article/view/805>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2017.
Keywords
drowning, water storage, infant, child preschool, accident prevention
Section
Original Research Article

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