*Is Your Bathroom Childproof?

October 24, 2010

Having children in the house requires special considerations in building and design. Of course, it’s easy for us to remember to make sure their room is safe for them.  What many fail to realize is where one of the most dangerous places of their daily lives is: the bathroom.  The bathroom poses many risks for toddlers and many can be fatal if not managed well.  Risks include drowning, electrocution, scalding, and slips.  One way or another, we have all heard horror stories about children getting hurt in the bathroom.  A parent aware of the risks and conscientious enough to implement safety measures can keep their children safe in the bathroom.

One of the first things to remember is to limit the access of toddlers in the bathroom.  If your child is not yet potty-trained and still has shaky motor skills, they should not be able to go and stay inside the bathroom on their own.   Door knobs or levers should be high enough to be beyond any toddler’s reach and door knob covers are great idea as well.

When there are children in the home, keep the water thermostat at 110 degrees F only.  This will prevent accidental scalding or burns.  Besides, nobody really needs scalding hot water, even in the winter.  It will keep the family safe and at the same time save on energy bills.

To prevent accidental slipping, place rubber mats inside the tub or shower.  Bathroom rugs or carpets should also have rubber bottoms to ensure they stay in place.  Make sure there is a small stool they can use to reach the sink.  This will avoid them trying to climb up using the toilet.  Similarly, the stool should have rubber caps or bottoms to avoid slips.  It is also not a good idea to have glass shower doors with the possibility of shattering when there are children in the house.

Hazardous cleaning materials should be kept behind locked storage areas.  Moreover, children should not have access to razors, scissors, nail clippers, medicines, and other toiletries posing a danger to them.  Keep electrical appliances such as blow dryers, electric razors, and curling irons out of their reach.  If these are not in use, make sure they are unplugged.  Make sure electrical outlets have sliding covers or safety plugs.  Needless to say, all bathroom outlets should have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

Although there are many ways a young child can get hurt in the bathroom, there are many ways for us to prevent them. We at Tile Centers ask everyone who reads this article to evaluate the safety of their bathroom!

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