Babyproofing your bathroom

  • Have you installed a slide-bolt latch on the outside of the bathroom door to prevent young children from entering?
  • Have you installed toilet and cabinet locks?
  • Do you have automatic nightlights?
  • Do you use a non-skid mat under slippery area rugs and bath mats?
  • Do you always stay in the bathroom with a child who is bathing? A baby can drown in only one inch of water.
  • Do you always check bathwater temperature before bathing baby? It should never exceed 100 degrees.
  • Does your tub or shower have a slip-resistant surface?
  • Is your water heater set at 125 degrees or lower?
  • Do you bathe your child in the end of the tub opposite the faucet?
  • If you have a porcelain, cast-iron or steel tub, have you tested it for lead? Of tubs tested, 62 percent of porcelain tubs, 77 percent of cast-iron tubs and 25 percent of steel tubs tested positive.
  • Have you made sure that the areas near your tubs and sinks are free of all electrical appliances? Even an appliance that is turned off but still plugged in can be dangerous.
  • Are all poisons and medicines out of reach of children? Do you use child-resistant caps whenever possible?
  • Do you always put the cap back on medicine bottles when finished?
  • Do you always store medicine in the original container to avoid improper use and provide easy access to manufacturer's safety advice?
  • Do you always dispose of expired medicine by flushing it down the toilet instead of throwing it in the trash?
  • Are all breakable bottles stored out of reach of children? 
  • Are you careful to never dispose of razor blades, toothbrushes and other dangerous items in bathroom wastebaskets?
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