January is National Bath Safety Month. Bathroom safety isn’t just for little kids, it’s important for all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control, bathroom slips and falls can cause injuries for anyone at any age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has 5 easy bathroom safety tips that are applicable for any age:
- Supervision: Anyone can drown in only a few inches of water. Do not leave preschool children or infants alone in the bathroom. Don’t leave water in the tub if no one is using it. If you have an inquisitive young child consider toilet locks or childproofing your bathroom door.
- Slips and falls: While anyone of any age can slip and fall in the bathroom, this is a large concern for our older family members. A bathmat or no-slip strips in the tub can make it safer for everyone getting in and out of the tub or shower. Have a stool to help younger children use the toilet and supervise them.
- How hot is your hot water? To prevent burns adjust your water heater to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Test bath or shower water with your wrist or elbow to make sure it is not too hot.
- What’s stored in your bathroom? Make sure all medicines, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, razors, shavers, and anything else you store in your bathroom is out of reach of children or stored in child-resistant containers. Use safety latches or locks on cabinets.
- Electric appliances: Hair dryers, curling irons, razors, anything you plug in should not be left plugged in and should be stored where children can’t access them.
A few minutes of prevention can help reduce the risks of injury in your bathroom.