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Your bathroom holds many warm memories with your little ones: the joy of bathing your baby for the first time, the triumph of teaching your toddler to brush her teeth, the pride in your child’s successful potty-training session.
Unfortunately, your bathroom could also be a danger zone for your family. Every year an average of over 43,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for bathtub- and shower-related injuries. Slippery bathtubs, sharp objects and toxic chemicals may threaten your children’s safety. Read on to learn about the everyday dangers your children face in the bathroom—and what you can do to prevent accidents.
Tweezers, razors and cuticle scissors all pose serious risks to your child. Household cleaners can cause internal damage and even death if guzzled down by a curious toddler. Hair dryers and flat irons contain electrical wires that teething babies may be tempted to chew. However, overflowing drawers and lack of cabinet space can make it difficult to stow away every dangerous item.
If you’re planning to replace your bathroom vanity, consider a double vanity for more space. Avoid styles with sparse storage and easily accessible shelves, such as console vanities.
Want to maximize the storage space in your current bathroom vanity? There are a variety of bathroom storage options available, including cabinet door storage systems, tiered storage trays and pullout trays.
Once you’ve organized your bathroom items into your bathroom vanity, the final step is to place safety locks on your cabinet doors. This helps prevent adventurous youngsters from grabbing or ingesting something they shouldn’t.
Lifted toilet lids can harm tiny fingers or worse, serve as an open invitation for small children to tumble into the toilet bowl. There’s little more fascinating to a toddler than watching the water disappear as the toilet flushes. However, if your baby leans in too far over the toilet bowl, she could fall in and hit her head or drown.
The key to a child-safe toilet is in the lid. For younger children, make sure that the lid is down when the toilet is not in use. You may want to secure the toilet lid with a safety lock as an added precaution. A toilet safety lock is typically made of smooth plastic, so it’ll be easy for you to remove and safe for your child to touch.
If your children are older, consider upgrading to a slow-close toilet seat. This special feature is available in many different toilet seat models, and enables the toilet lid and seat to close gently. Not only does this provide a quieter bathroom experience, it also prevents painful hand injuries from slammed toilet lids.
That waste container in your bathroom may hold a myriad of hazardous materials. Infants and toddlers may accidentally tip over the trash can in their quest to see what’s inside. Plastic trash liners present a suffocation risk. Used razors, small plastic parts and empty household cleaners could also cause harm if played with or swallowed.
Safely store your waste container in your bathroom vanity to prevent your child from reaching its contents. Either a separate wastebasket drawer or install an over-the-cabinet-door waste container would do quite nicely for this purpose. Finally, locking up the wastebasket storage unit adds an extra layer of security against probing toddlers.
Toddlers love exploring the world around them. To them, a faucet is a magical device where water seemingly comes out of nowhere. In their curiosity, your child may end up turning on the faucet—whether on purpose or by accident.
Children are susceptible to scalding water because of their thin skin and undeveloped sense of danger. Protect your child from hot water burns by setting your bathroom faucets and showerheads to a lower water temperature.
If you’re looking to set a lower water temperature in an individual fixture, such as a faucet or showerhead in your bathroom, you can attach an anti-scald valve to your water pipeline. This device allows you to mix cold and hot water to a specific temperature. This stops the water from getting too hot, preventing scalding injuries.
To lower the temperature of your household water, have a trade professional set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website has a helpful article on how to lower water heater temperatures based on the type of heater.
Slips and falls in the tub and shower account for 120 children’s visits to the emergency room every day. The dangerous combination of water, soap, and slippery surfaces can easily cause an accident, especially if your child is ill or tired. Minimize the risk of injury by adding a couple of safety precautions to your bathroom.
Installing a grab bar near your bathtub, shower, or toilet gives your child a safety support to hold onto. Don’t rely on shower door handles for this purpose—they aren’t design to bear a human’s weight.
Grab bars come in a variety of styles, shapes, and finishes. Make sure to have a qualified trade professional install a grab bar, as they’ll make sure the wall structure is sturdy enough to support your family members’ weight.
For slippery floors such as tile and hardwood, a skid-free bathroom mat is a great solution. Not only does it prevent your children from falling, it also keeps their feet warm!
If you’re considering bathroom safety solutions for children, Crawford Supply Group can help. Visit one of our Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania showrooms to learn more about options such as anti-scald devices, grab bars and slow-close toilet lids. You can also set up a free Showroom Consultation with one of our knowledgeable team members.