January is National Bathtub Safety Month. The bathtub is something we use every day and probably don’t take the time to consider all the possible safety issues. If you have children in your home it is especially important to keep the bathroom and bath time safe.
Here is a list of the top 5 safety tips and suggestions for bath time safety.
1. Never Leave Your Child Alone in the Bathtub: This is the most important safety tip. Do not let everyday distractions put your child at risk.
- Children have drowned in only a couple inches of water so it is important to never leave them unattended in the bathtub not even for a few seconds.
- If the phone rings, something is on the stove, someone’s at the door, or another child needs attention, they will all have to wait. If it is important then take the child out of the bath and take them with you.
- If you are alone at home during bath time, make sure to take everything you might need with you into the bathroom.
2. Avoid Burns
- To avoid burns and scalds set your hot-water thermostat between 100-125 degrees Fahrenheit (37- 51 degrees C)
- Never put your child in the bathtub while the water is still running; water temperature could suddenly change.
- Always run cold water first when filling the tub and then add warm water.
- Bath water should be between 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit 32-37 degrees C). You can purchase bath thermometers which also come in fun shapes and designs.
- Don’t allow your child to touch the taps. They may not be able to turn them now but one day they will.
3. Safeguard your Bathroom
- Keep your bathroom locked at all times while you’re not inside the house with your children. You can install a hook and eye lock high enough so children can’t reach it.
- Install cabinet and toilet locks to prevent curious children from getting into trouble and possible danger.
- Make sure sharp objects like razors, scissors, tweezers, nail clippers and dangerous products like medicine, bleach, detergents, mouthwash and vitamins are inaccessible.
4. Prevent Slips and Falls
- Install a faucet cover over your bathtub taps to prevent a painful collision. They come in all shapes and colours. Keep a non-slip mat or bath decals on the bottom of the tub to prevent slips and falls. These also come in a variety of fun colours and shapes.
- Keep a non-slip rug on the floor beside the tub to prevent slip and falls when getting out of the tub when wet.
5. Bath Toy Safety
- Avoid buying spongy or wooden toys, they retain moisture and become a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
- Rinse all toys thoroughly after each bath and air dry.
- Run toys through dishwasher once a week.
- Toys with holes in them collect water, make sure to squeeze he water out after each bath and allow to dry.