When it comes to dangerous rooms in the home there are many, however the bathroom seems to be in a class all its own. Maintaining an adequate level of safety in the home is important, especially when small children are involved. The bathroom is a place that poses many dangers to small kids. There are plenty of ways to prevent an accident or injury before it happens. Make sure to check your bathroom for hidden dangers.
It's always a good idea to unplug any item that you plug in to the bathroom outlet. These outlets are often only designed for bathroom items like razors and hair dryers. Do not use this outlet for anything else because it is not designed to harness that much power. Hair dryers and irons can be dangerous if left plugged in. Not only are they a fire waiting to happen, it doesn't take much for little fingers to turn them on and wreak havoc.
Objects that are considered dangerous should be put up out of reach when not being used. A flat iron or razor is not dangerous to an adult that knows how to use it but leave it within reach of a toddler and it's a serious accident in progress. Things like razors and hair removal cream should never be left down on the sink or bathtub ledge. It's a good idea to make a habit of putting them away as soon as you are done with it. Not only are they dangerous but some of these products can be poisonous if ingested.
The medicine cabinet in the bathroom should always have a lock on it. Most of them have just a magnet feature to hold it closed. That is not always good enough, especially if you have anything in there that could harm a child. Kids do not understand the concept of medicine in their first few years. Toddlers start climbing and all it takes is a moment for a child to swallow something potentially fatal.
Though it may sound like something that goes without saying, children should never be left unattended in the bathtub. Many parents make the mistake of going to answer the phone or the door. Just a few inches of water are enough for a child to drown. It's best not to find that out the hard way. The phone can wait. Stay in the bathroom during your child's entire bath, no matter what.
Get everyone in the family into the habit of keeping the toilet closed when it is not in use. For one, it cuts down on bacteria and odour floating around the room. But it also keeps small hands out. Playing in the toilet water is incredibly harmful when it comes to bacteria and disease related matter. Keeping it cleaned on a regular basis certainly will help cut down germs.
The bathroom can be a very dangerous place. Though it is so small it is also the most harmful. Pay attention to little things in order to eliminate hazards you might overlook otherwise.
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