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Updated 19 November 2014

Prevent bathroom burns

The bathroom, and particularly the bathtub, can be a dangerous place for a child. How can you prevent a tragedy?

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The bathroom, and particularly the bathtub, can be a dangerous place for a child. How can you prevent a tragedy?


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Never leave a baby or child under four alone in the bath; use a rubberised mat to prevent slipping; pull the plug out once you have finished; get a lockable cover for jacuzzis or sunken baths; always run the cold tap first and check the temperature before your child gets in – you need to be extra careful once your child is old enough to get into the bath without help; test the temperature with your elbow before putting the child into the water – your hands quickly become accustomed to the water temperature and you won’t get a true impression of how hot it is; and turn the hot water thermostat to 50°C or less to avoid scalds.

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