Feeling safe inside of the home is something that most of us take for granted. There is really no reason to think that there would be any kind of major injury – at home. In fact, more than 275,000 injuries are reported in emergency rooms annually, and most of them occur in the bathroom.
If you have young children in the home, this statistic can be very alarming. After all, your children are in the bathroom at least one time per day! January is National Bath Safety Month and is meant to make parents aware of the hidden dangers that are in the bathroom.
Here are just a few things to be aware of in your bathroom if you have children:
- Do NOT leave your children unattended in the bath tub. Even for a short period of time, if left unattended in the bathtub children can be in danger of drowning. A small child can drown in just a couple of inches of water so, it is important to drain the bathtub after it has been used and keep a lock on the toilet.
- Before you put your kiddos in the tub, make sure that you check the temperature. There are many bath products you can purchase to do this. Some are floaties that turn color when the water is too hot. Others are products that provide a double-safety by adding traction to the floor of the bathtub and, turn colors when the water is too hot. Keep your hot water heater set to 120 degrees and no hotter to avoid any major injuries from water that is too hot.
- Add bath mats to the floor outside of the bathtub so that your little ones have a safe place to step after they have taken their bath. Stepping out of the tub onto the bare floor with wet feet can be very dangerous and cause a slip and fall accident. On the other hand, stepping out of the tub onto a mat or floor rug that has not been affixed with a non-slip backing is just as dangerous.
Children need adults to show them what is safe and what is not. They rely on us to provide them with a safe environment to explore. Make sure to keep your kids safe in the bathroom by implementing these safety features and by celebrating National Bath Safety Month each year.