January 28, 2013

Bathroom Safety Tips

  • Keep bathroom doors closed.
  • Never leave small children alone around any container of water. This includes toilets, tubs, wading pools, spas, aquariums and buckets.
  • Safeguard bathtubs and sinks used for bathing by using faucet covers and nonskid mats or decals.
  • Before bathing children, gather the soap, shampoo, toys, towel, diaper, clothing and any other items you might need before running the bath water. Place these items so you can easily reach them.
  • After running bath water, check the water temperature before placing the child in the bath water.
  • Some people who are elderly may have less sensation in their hands and therefore may misjudge water temperature. If you have a loved one who is elderly, check the water temperature in their home to avoid scalding injuries.
  • Once your child is in the bath, don’t leave for any reason. Children can drown in just a small amount of water. They can easily topple into the tub or toilet. It only takes a few seconds for a drowning to happen.
  • If you must leave the room for the telephone or door, take the child with you after taking the child out of the water and wrapping him in a towel.
  • To avoid falls and slipping under the water, always keep one hand firmly around the child when bathing him and keep the child sitting.
  • For people who are elderly or have disabilities, consider installing grab bars on walls around the tub and beside the toilet and a portable, hand-held shower head.

Source: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

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