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BATHROOM SAFETY

Children should never be left unattended in the bathroom. They are at risk for drowning, scalds, poisonings and falls. Children can drown in a few seconds and in less than an inch of water. Scald burns occur when children are placed in water that is too hot or when they are left unsupervised.

To Prevent Drownings
  Never leave children alone in the bathroom, even for a few seconds.
  Place safety locks on all toilet lids.

To Prevent Scald Burns
  Set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees fahrenheit or less and consider installing anti-scald devices.
  Always test the water temperature before putting children in the bathtub or shower.
  Turn children away from the bathtub spout so they cannot turn on the faucet.

To Prevent Poisonings
  Lock all medicines, vitamins and cosmetics out of children's reach.
  Always use child-resistant packaging.

To Prevent Falls
  Apply non-slip surfaces and install grab bars in the bathtub and shower.
  Secure bathroom rugs with non-slip backing.

To Prevent Electrical Burns
  Keep electrical appliances away from water and out of children's reach.
  Place covers over all electrical outlets.

To Prevent Cuts
  Lock sharp objects such as razors and scissors out of reach.
  Keep first aid supplies in a locked medicine cabinet


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