It might surprise you to learn the majority of infant drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets – not swimming pools. It’s certainly important for parents to remain vigilant about water safety around the pool, but what about when danger lurks within the walls of your own home? Here are three tips to help keep your little ones safe in the bathroom.
- Install child safety locks on toilet lids in households with toddlers.
- Lock away all bathroom medications and cosmetics to prevent accidental poisoning.
- Look for curling irons or hair dryers on the counters – then unplug and store them in out-of-reach areas.
- Watch your kids during bath time. Never leave children in a bathtub alone or with an older brother or sister. Bath seats and rings are bathing aids and will not prevent drowning.
- Look for the bathtub to drain completely. Remove toys and washcloths while draining.
- Learn how to check your water temperature. To prevent scalding, adjust your water heater so the water can’t get hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Test bath water on your wrist or elbow.
- Learn that slips and falls can happen! Use non-slip mats in and around the tub.
It can be easy to become complacent when we’re at home, but taking the time to Lock, Look, Learn, will be worth the peace of mind you’ll have knowing your little ones are safe.