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


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.


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: 23 june 2018.
drowning, water storage, infant, child preschool, accident prevention
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