Being comfortable in your own home is obviously a good thing—that is, until you get a little too comfortable and let your guard down around these common child safety hazards. Because it can be so easy to forget to do the simple daily things that keep our kids out of harm’s way, we have taken it upon ourselves to remind you of a few simple, in-home water safety tips.
Some of these are likely things you have heard many times before. Others may be new thoughts or ideas for you. Either way, we hope you take this list of important child safety tips to heart and act on these thoughts in order to keep your child as safe as possible when around water in the bathroom, as well as the kitchen.
Check Your Water Heater
Water heaters sometimes do their jobs a bit too well and heat the water in your home to a scalding temperature that can easily burn sensitive baby and toddler skin.
In order to avoid burns caused by the hot water running from your tap, check the settings on your water heater. The temperature on your thermostat should be at or below 120°F. Additionally, bath and hand-washing water should always be checked for temperature before allowing your child to use it.
Block Entry to the Bathroom
Toddlers and young children are sneaky, and if you look away even for a moment, they can easily slip into the bathroom unnoticed. Because the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, this is not something you want. Therefore, it’s important to take extra child safety measures in order to keep your little ones out of the bathroom.
Depending on your child’s age and abilities, this may only require you to close the door. However, if your toddler or preschooler can open doors, you will need to use another way of keeping them out. Some ideas include placing a baby gate across the doorway, or using childproofing features on bathroom doorways, such as these door latch locks.
Use Toilet Locks
The toilet seems innocent enough, but sadly, it’s a real drowning hazard. For this reason, it’s important to close the toilet lid after every use and secure it with a toilet lid lock.
Supervise Bath Time
Bath time is a wonderful and relaxing way to end the day. That said, bath time is no time for parents to relax. Children must always be supervised while in or near any body of water. This includes the bathtub, and even includes very small amounts of water. Keep in mind, unsupervised babies can actually drown in as little as one inch of water.
We are aware that you have likely heard this child safety rule before, and you will likely hear it many more times before your children are grown, because it is extremely important. Put down your phone, get down on the floor, and participate in water play with your children. They will love the quality time with mom and/or dad, and you will know that your child is as safe as they can be throughout their bath time.
Empty Tubs and Sinks
Sometimes, as we are going through the bedtime routine, it is easy to forget to drain the bathtub. Draining kitchen and laundry room sinks can be equally hard to remember. After all, as a parent you have a lot to think about, and pulling the plug in the tub or sink is the last thing on your mind when you have kids to care for and bedtime stories to read. However, it is incredibly important that this child safety step not be forgotten. Your child is likely to be drawn to the fun water play offered by a full bathtub or sink, and a simple slip and fall into the water could be fatal. Therefore, the act of draining the bathtub immediately after bath time could truly be a lifesaver.
Here at Kiddie Proofers, we take child safety seriously. Therefore, we hope that this list will help you keep your family just a little bit safer. Want to learn more about keeping your little ones as safe as they can be? Please contact us today. We would be happy to help!