Bath time for little ones is a time to relax, have fun, play with some bubbles and sing songs. Taking the time to remove potential hazards from the bathroom is an important step to making sure that bath time stays safe and fun. Providing age-appropriate supervision is the other essential element of bath time safety for little kids. Here are some steps you can take to avoid the main bath hazards: electrocution, drowning, burns, slips and falls.
Preventing Electrocution in the BathBathrooms are often the room where families use small, handheld electrical appliances such as shavers, blowdryers, hair irons and radios. However, using these appliances or storing them where they might accidentally fall into the bath water while plugged in is a risk for accidental electrocution. If possible, move all electrical appliances to plugs in bedrooms instead of the bathroom. If you must use an appliance in the bathroom, install a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet and test it regularly.
Reduce Drowning Risk for Young ChildrenKeeping a baby or young child safe in the bath means that they must be supervised the entire time they are in the bath water. Children can drown in a couple of inches of water and only a few moments of time, so it’s not worth it to take the risk by leaving your child unattended in the bath. Even preschoolers and kindergartners still need some supervision, as they could slip while standing up, fall and knock themselves unconscious. Supervision also helps prevent other injuries caused by slipping and falling, especially when getting in and out of the tub.