Home Safety

How to Safeguard Your Bathroom

The bathroom can be fun during bath time, but it presents many hazards to babies and toddlers. Until children are ready to use the room on their own, make it clear that it should only be used with parental supervision.

  • Drowning can occur in less than 2" of water. NEVER leave a child unattended in a bathtub, not even for a moment. An adult should always be within arm’s reach. Also, keep all toilets locked.
  • To prevent burns set your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Always check water temperature before placing your child in the tub. Swirl water around with your hand to eliminate any hot spots.
  • Prevent your child from bumping his or her head in the tub by using a spout cover.
  • Keep cabinets and drawers locked to prevent children from accessing toothpaste, perfumes, soaps, lotions, deodorant, mouthwash, etc - all of which can be dangerous if ingested. Also: store razors and razor blades up high and completely out of children's reach.
  • In the tub, keep soaps and shampoos out of your child's reach.
  • To prevent poisoning keep all medicines, including vitamins, in a locked closet or up high and completely out of reach.
  • Prevent slips in the bathroom by placing slip-resistant mats in the tub and a slip-resistant pad under bath mats.
  • Always empty the tub or basin after use. A child can drown in even a couple of inches of water.