BATHROOM SAFETY: PROTECTING KIDSChildren should never be left unattended in the bathroom. They are at risk for drowning, scalds, poisonings and falls. Children can drown in a few seconds and in less than an inch of water. Scald burns occur when children are placed in water that is too hot or when they are left unsupervised.|
To Prevent Drownings
- Never leave children alone in the bathroom, even for a few seconds.
- Place safety locks on all toilet lids.
To Prevent Scald Burns
- Set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees fahrenheit or less and consider installing anti-scald devices.
- Always test the water temperature before putting children in the bathtub or shower.
- Turn children away from the bathtub spout so they cannot turn on the faucet.
To Prevent Poisonings
- Lock all medicines, vitamins and cosmetics out of children's reach.
- Always use child-resistant packaging.
To Prevent Falls
- Apply non-slip surfaces and install grab bars in the bathtub and shower.
- Secure bathroom rugs with non-slip backing.
To Prevent Electrical Burns
- Keep electrical appliances away from water and out of children's reach.
- Place covers over all electrical outlets.
To Prevent Cuts
- Lock sharp objects such as razors and scissors out of reach.
- Keep first aid supplies in a locked medicine cabinet