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How To Childproof Your Bathroom

October 15, 2013

How To Childproof Your Bathroom

Every room in your house can pose a potential threat to your children. However, the bathroom brings hazards that can be less obvious. Accidents in the bathroom can involve slippery surfaces, ingesting poison, drowning hazards, and more.  It is important to know how to childproof your bathroom properly to protect your children from accidents.

This article will give you a great start in keeping your children safe and sound.  Here are some tips for you to recognize the trouble spots in your household and make them safe for your children.

  1. Install a hook-and-eye latch on the outside of the door. Close the door each time you leave the restroom to keep your babies out of the bathroom. You can also put childproof covers on doorknobs that only adults have the strength and coordination to easily open.
  2. Use bathmats or rugs with an anti-skid backing. Use only this type of bathmats as this won’t slide across the floor and prevent slips and falls.
  3. Install a toilet lock. Install an apparatus that resets itself as the seat is being lowered, as the toilet bowl is a critical drowning hazard.
  4. Place sharp utensils in a locked cabinet. Razors, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, and the like should be locked in a cabinet or be placed in a closet high enough to be out of your children’s reach.
  5. Buy an anti­-scald device. This will stop the flow of the water when it reaches a certain temperature. However, if you have a separate water heater, you can set it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect warmth for showers and baths.  Attach a soft cover to the spout too to avoid bumped noggins.
  6. Keep any medications in cabinets that you can lock. Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements should be kept secured. This also includes mouthwash.
  7. Keep every item that produce heat. Hair dryers or curling rods should be turned off and be placed far enough on the counter to be out of reach.

Child-proofing your bathroom will drastically reduce the risk of injury to your children.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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