The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in your home for children. Many parents have been known to block off this room to children unless they are supervised. Even supervised, children can still potential get into trouble. Below are 10 primary danger zones to look for and childproofing tips for your bathroom.
Anti-slip bath stickers or mat and rubber bathtub spout covers can help protect your child from possible slips, bangs and bruises. Move all toiletries and soaps up high, out of your child’s reach. Never leave your child in the bathtub without supervision to prevent possible accidents.
2. Water Temperature
To prevent scalds, you can adjust your thermostat so that your tap water will not get any warmer than 120°F. Always test the bath water on your wrist before allowing your child to get into the bath. There are also showerheads and faucets that have anti-scald technologies.
To avoid accidental issues, always keep the toilet lid down and install a toilet lock. Keeping a step stool in the bathroom for children will prevent them from using the toilet as a stool and potentially falling.
As with all other rooms, keeping your exposed electrical outlets covered is essential. Keep all appliances like hair dryers, curling irons, etc. as far away from the bathtub as possible and always turn them off after using. An added precaution is to install ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets.
5. Products and Medicines
Store all medicines, cleaning products, etc. on high shelves in a closet or cabinets with a latch. Keeping them on low shelves or low cabinets without a latch will not keep children out of them since they are naturally curious. Make sure that all medicines are also in childproof containers in case they are accidentally left out.
Cabinet locks or latches are a must for all drawers and doors in your bathroom. This will avoid a child opening the cabinets and getting into potential hazardous items. A magnetic lock gives the highest degree of safety.
Although it may be easier to take out the trash when there is a liner, there is a possibility for suffocation. Keeping the trash off of the ground and out of reach of children will prevent them from getting into trouble.
8. Bathroom Hardware
Avoid sharp edges in your bathroom hardware and plumbing fixtures. Hardware with softer lines can be useful for people of any age to avoid accidental injuries.
9. Mold and Mildew
With the amount of moisture that is in the bathroom, mold and mildew has the opportunity to grow. If your child gets curious and ingests mold, there are serious health problems that can occur. Make sure you are extra diligent when cleaning the bathroom, any toys, and bathmats. Also, make sure the bathroom is well ventilated.
Never leave your child in the bathroom without supervision. Avoiding this will prevent any bathroom related injuries to your child. Always remember to shut the bathroom door when you are finished.