5 Things To Teach Your Children About Bathroom Safety

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As a parent, you know that kids’ curiosity can land them in bad situations. Make sure you teach them the safety hazards of your home’s bathroom before their curiosity causes damage or injury. Here are the top bathroom safety points to teach your kids:

1. Electrical Safety in the Bathroom

First, kids need to be taught early on to stay away from all electrical plugs. Install child-proof electrical outlet covers everywhere within child’s reach. Second, kids need to know that water and electricity do not mix. Make sure that your home has proper GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) electrical outlets installed everywhere within 2 feet of a water source, mainly in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Third, avoid dangerous shocks by teaching kids not to leave items plugged in near the toilet, vanity or bathtub. Instruct them never to submerge a hair dryer, electric toothbrush, curling iron or other electrical appliances in water.

2. Don’t Flush These Items Down the Toilet

Young kids can be fascinated by the flushing action of a toilet and older kids don’t always understand the limited capacity of the drain. This means toys and other foreign items, or excessive toilet paper, can end up in the toilet and form a clog. Although most plumbing experts, such as Rapid Rooter Plumbing, can fix toilet clogs, it can become a rather expensive job. Teach your children not to throw any of these items in the toilet and prevent toilet overflow and professional repairs in the first place:

  • any object other than toilet paper
  • excessive amounts of toilet paper

3. Hot Water Safety

For households with young children, the safest way to prevent any hot water injuries is to have anti-scald devices installed. Even when you have these installed, teach your kids about hot water safety to prevent burns. Each child should know how to turn hot and cold water on and off. However, young kids should always be supervised and taught to ask an adult first before turning any faucet on.

4. Tub Safety

Bath time is a fun time for many children, but you should emphasize that certain rules apply when taking a bath. Young kids should always be supervised, but older kids are also at risk of accidents and even drowning as a result of horseplay. Bath toys can be allowed but your rules should include, no jumping in the bath and no submerging the head fully under water.

5. Slipping Safety

Many types of bathroom floors can become very slick when damp. Teach kids how to safely navigate wet floors after a bath or shower. This can include holding onto railings and stepping onto a non-slip mat instead of the floor. Running and jumping should be off limits in the bathroom. There are many hard surfaces and falling in this room can lead to serious injury very easily.

Don’t be surprised if kids need a few reminders about bathroom safety. Some children simply forget that it is unwise to put a roll of toilet paper in the bowl, while others are just testing their boundaries. In either case, be patient and persistent, prepared to repeat the safety lessons often.

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Author:Meghan Belnap

Meghan is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.

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