Bathroom Safety for Children
The bathroom is a hub of activity for families with small children. Whether it’s splash-time or a potty-training session, here’s how to keep your little one out of harm's way.
1. Keep an eye on your child. Stay in the bathroom with your child during bath time or any time your child is around water. When the bath is over, be sure to empty the tub. Empty and put away scrub buckets.
2. Get organized. Keep a basket with all the bath essentials near the tub. Line up your supplies beforehand so you won't need to leave the room.
3. Test the water. Dip your hand into the bath water to make sure it's not too hot before placing your child in the tub. For extra protection against scalding, turn your hot-water heater temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Prevent slipping. Apply anti-skid strips on the bottom of the tub. Place a cushioned cover (a washcloth will work) over the faucet to avoid injuries if your child bumps it, especially with her head.
5. Install a toilet lid lock. Get your family into the habit of keeping all toilet seat lids down and locked.
6. Keep medication and cosmetics out of reach. If you keep medicines and cosmetics in the bathroom, store them in a locked cabinet out of reach.
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