Playing It Safe: Water
You probably know the rules of playing it safe around a pool or beach. But do you know all the water safety hazards inside your house? Click your mouse over the rooms below to find out!
- Never let your toddlers enter the bathroom alone.
- Never leave them alone in the bathroom even for a few seconds.
Never let children close to sinks with nearby electrical appliances. Remember to ground all of your outlets.
Close open vents and registers to deter small hands and feet from getting stuck.
Secure all cabinets and drawers so children cannot easily obtain medications, toothpaste, dental floss and other common but dangerous bathroom items.
Use a toilet-locking device. If a child falls into a toilet they do not have enough upper body strength to get themselves out.
Cover faucets that are accessible to children with a safety device that prevents them from turning the knobs.
Never leave an infant or toddler unattended in the bath, even for a few seconds or even if the baby is in a restraint device. Very young children can drown in as little as two inches of water.
Be sure the hot water heater is turned down to a medium setting to avoid scalds.
Always empty mop buckets. Crawling infants and mobile toddlers have large heads and tend to be “top heavy.” If they fall into even a little water, they can inhale it and panic.
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