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06 July 2005

Dangers in the bathroom

Burns, poisoning and drowning are just some of the dangers that can be encountered in the bathroom. How can you make your bathroom a safer place?

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Burns, poisoning and drowning are just some of the dangers that can be encountered in the bathroom. How can you make your bathroom a safer place? Here is a list of tips on how to prevent a tragedy.

Bath

  • Never leave a baby or child under four alone in the bath for a moment
  • Use a rubberised mat or non-skid rubber decorations for bathtubs
  • Pull the plug out once you’re finished
  • Get a lockable cover for jacuzzi 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 in the bath without help
  • Test the temperature with your elbow or get someone else to test the temperature just 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
  • Turn the hot water thermostat to 50°C or less to avoid scalds

Toilet

  • Install toilet locks to prevent drowning

Toilet cleaning material

  • Store toilet cleaning material, including toilet brush, out of reach
  • Don’t use detachable toilet fresheners or block cleaners inside the bowl

Medicine cabinet

  • Keep all medicines out of reach of children - install child locks on medicine cabinet
  • Buy products with childproof packaging
  • Be careful at other people’s houses. They may not be as careful as you

Razors and other sharp objects

  • Store out of reach
  • Wrap used razors and discard in outside dustbin

Shower door

  • Make sure the shower door is made of safety glass

Key

  • Remove the key in case your child locks himself in

Electrical appliances

  • Never keep electrical appliances in the bathroom

Nappy bucket

  • Buy a nappy bucket with a tight lid, and place it out of reach

(Ilse Pauw, Health24)

 
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