There’s nothing more important than making sure the children in your life are safe. Be it your kids, your grandkids, or the kids next door – they all need to be protected from hidden dangers. Certain rooms in your home may pose a bigger safety threat than others, especially for kids, and the bathroom is at the top of the list. With January being National Bathroom Safety Month, now’s a good time for a quick refresher on how to keep kids out of harm’s way in the bathroom.
One of the most obvious, but potentially overlooked safety risks is water that is too hot for a child’s skin. Whether using the bathtub or sink, you can guard against possible burns by setting your water heater temperature to no hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything hotter than that can cause scalding within just a couple minutes or less. If you are unable to control the temperature of the water heater, consider purchasing an anti-scalding valve that attaches to the faucet. Once children are old enough to understand, try teaching them to turn on the cold water first. And where there are children and bathtubs, there is splashing and bubble bath! Be sure to clean up spills right away to avoid slips and falls. Both water and soap can be slippery and hard to see.
It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway never leave young children unattended in the bathroom. This is especially true when the child is bathing, in which case there should be an adult in the room at all times, not leaving for a single second. Remember to empty the tub prior to leaving the bathroom. While it may seem like the coast is clear once the child gets out of the bath, there’s always the chance he or she could run back into the bathroom only to find a full bathtub. Don’t take that chance. Overall, bathrooms house a lot of potentially dangerous items that are simply not kid-friendly. You just never know what they can get into, and standing guard is the best protection.
Lock It Up
Many common bathroom items can be secured with locks or safety latches for an extra layer of protection for kids. Keep medicine, cosmetics, cleaning products and electric appliances out of reach or locked in a cabinet at all times. One bathroom fixture that you may not realize you can lock is your toilet. While it seems unlikely, it’s possible for a child to slip and fall into the toilet. Making sure to close the lid and installing a toilet lid lock can help prevent a rare accident. Above all, adding a lock on the bathroom door that sits at adult height can also serve as a safeguard.
As mentioned, keeping electric appliances such as hairdryers, curling irons, razors and radios unplugged and stored away is crucial. For even more protection, consider having an electrician install safety devices called ground fault circuit interrupters in your bathroom electrical outlets. Other simple security measures include getting non-slip rugs for the floors, non-slip mats or strips for the tub, a rubber cover for the bathtub faucet and a shatterproof shower door.