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The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in your home. Here are some tips to get you started:
  1. Bath time should always be supervised! Never leave your child unattended in the bathtub, for any reason or any length of time, as children can drown in just an inch of water. Adjust your water heater to 48 degrees Celsius. This should be hot enough for the rest of the family, but safe for your child. It takes just 3 seconds for a child to sustain a third degree burn from water at 60 degrees Celsius. Do not get out of the tub while carrying your baby. Remove all shampoos, cosmetics, shaving supplies, etc. from around the edge of the tub.

  2. Razors, scissors, and blow dryers are best kept up high or locked out of a child's reach. Lock medicine cabinets. Even items as seemingly harmless as iron pills and mouthwash can be dangerous for a young child. Request child-resistant packaging. But keep in mind that child-resistant containers are not childproof. These medicines still need to be locked up out of a child's reach. Do not let children see you taking medication, if at all possible. Children mimic what they see. Never refer to medicine as candy.

  3. Cabinet locks and latches are a must for all drawers and doors in the bathroom. When buying cabinet locks, look for one that will last for a few years. If you store cleaning chemicals in your bathroom you should be sure to use a magnetic tot lock as this is the highest degree of safety.

  4. There are lots of fun items that can help improve the safety of the tub area. Spout covers, in fun animal shapes, can help prevent burns or injuries to heads. Bath mats and non-slip surfaces are best for the tub. Install toilet locks as unlike adults, children's weight is concentrated in the top half of their bodies. When they lean into a toilet bowl, they may lose their balance, fall forward and drown.

Bathroom Checklist:

Cabinet magnetic lock

Anti-Slam drawer latch

Door stoppers

Toilet lock

Spout cover

Bath mat
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