Bathrooms can become a very dangerous place, especially for kids. Except when potty training, bathing, and brushing their teeth, children need to be blocked off from the bathrooms, as there are many potential risks. There’s the possibility of drowning even in just an inch-high of water in the tub, or slipping and falling. In North America alone, about 20,000 deaths were reported to have been caused by falls and slips. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also reported that about 110 kids under the age of 5 have drowned in and around the house. Most cases involve children being left unattended in a bathtub. So it is really important to childproof bathrooms. Here are some important bathroom childproofing tips:
- Secure bathroom drawers and cabinets, especially those that the children can reach. Use safety latches.
- Lock away razors and other sharp objects, medicines, hair dye and bleach, bathroom cleansers, and all other hazardous items in a cabinet.
- Always keep toilet seat lids down. If possible, keep them sealed with a lid lock.
- Place slip-resistant bathroom mats, especially near the tub and the shower.
- When using step stools for the children to reach the sink when washing their hands or brushing their teeth, use non-slip and sturdy children step stool like Kidz Step.
- Set water heater to 120oF. For faucets, install anti-scald devices.
- Cover all electrical outlets with caps.
- Unplug and lock away all electrical appliances.
- Use a trash can with lid. Since you don’t always watch what you throw away in the trash bin, better make sure that the kids don’t try and grab any of its contents, like expired medicines or razor blades.
- Use automatic night lights or dim lights in the bathroom so that you and your kids can better see where you’re going. Plug them in outlets the kids can’t reach.
- Always keep the bathroom door shut. Use doorknob guards to prevent the kids from opening the bathroom door and entering without your knowledge.
- Lastly, never allow unsupervised entry of the children into the bathroom. Remind them that bathroom rules should always and must be strictly followed and observed. Never leave a child alone in the bathroom, not even for a second.
Safety should never be overlooked and must always be prioritized in every home, especially when kids are present. By following these tips, you are always a step ahead in preventing bathroom accidents.
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