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18 August 2003

Childproof your bathroom

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Danger Prevention
Bathroom
Bathtub Drowning 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
Burns 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 Drowning Install toilet locks
Toilet cleaning material Poisoning Store toilet cleaning material, including toilet brush, out of reach
Don't use detachable toilet fresheners or block cleaners inside the bowl.
Medicine cabinet Poisoning 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 Cuts Store out of reach.
Wrap used razors and discard in outside dustbin
Shower door Cuts Make sure the shower door is made of safety glass
Key Being locked in Remove the key in case your child locks himself in
Electrical appliances Shock Never keep electrical appliances in the bathroom
Nappy bucket Drowning Buy a nappy bucket with a tight lid, and place it out of reach
 
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