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Child-Proofing Your Bathrooms For Safety

Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 2:45pm

Inside of your home is where you feel the safest throughout your day. After braving the treacherous winter temperatures, the road conditions, and weather, coming home to a safe and warm place is the best ending to the day.

But, being thoughtful about safety should not stop just because you have reached the inside of your home. In fact, most accidents that result in emergency room visits happen inside of the home.

We all know about cuts and burns in the kitchen and we know how to avoid them. But, have you ever stopped to think about how dangerous your bathroom is? Most people don’t. In fact, the bathroom is statistically the most dangerous room in your entire home.

If you have small children in your home, the dangers of the bathroom are even more real. Children are naturally curious and often find themselves in situations that are unsafe. But, there are things that you can do to prevent accidents in your home.

Here are some tips:

  • Keep the shampoo, soap, and bath products up and out of reach of your children. When they are taking a shower or bath, they might be enticed to squeeze the bottles of products, which will mix with water and create a very slippery and dangerous surface to be standing on.
  • If you run baths for your kids, make sure that the water heater is not set any higher than 120 degrees. This is the ideal temperature as recommended by the department of energy, for optimal hot water without the risk of scalding or burning.
  • Add non-slip mats to the floor outside of your bathtub to keep the floor dry. When people step out of the bathtub, their wet feet can slip and slide on the floor. Also, they leave behind puddles of water, which can cause other people to come in and slip. It is best to keep the floor of your bathroom as dry as possible.
  • Any step-stools or wastebaskets that are kept in your bathroom should be tucked into a cabinet or behind the toilet when not in use. These items can pose a tripping hazard and should be kept out of walkways so no one falls.

Improve the safety of your bathroom by following these tips. Keep any medications or cleaning chemicals in locked cabinets or, in a bathroom that your children do not use. Child-proof the toilet or the bathroom door so that toddlers do not play in the toilet and accidently fall in. After a bath, make sure to always drain the tub and do not leave standing water in it.

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