Bathroom Safety Guide: Children

At Firstbathrooms we believe squeaky clean kids are a joy to behold, yet bathtime can hold dangers you might not have considered amongst all the fun and splashing about. Keep your kids safe by being aware of these hazards and put prevention measures in place:

Bathrooms Danger 1 : Scalds

Every day in the UK a child under five is admitted to hospital with scalds caused by bath water, with thousands more suffering less severe scalding. Babies are most at risk of scalding, as their skin is 15 times thinner than an adult’s. Not only will your child suffer the pain of scalding, but the treatment is long and can result in permanent scarring. Many of these accClick and Clean. The lower wheels and panels can be released to expose the for thorough cleaning. Panel then easily clicks back into position to ensure a water tight seal.idents occClick and Clean. The lower wheels and panels can be released to expose the for thorough cleaning. Panel then easily clicks back into position to ensure a water tight seal.ur when children fall into a hot bath intended for an adult – it taks just five seconds for a toddler to suffer 3rd degree burns from water heated to 60ºC.

Prevention: Safety organisations recommend that you adjust your boiler thermostat to ensure that water coming out of taps is no hotter than 46ºC. If this is impractical, keep your children away from the bath and taps until you are satisfied that the water is cool enough. Invest in a water thermometer, widely available from high street chemists. For a baby’s bath you should be aiming for a temperature of between 36ºC and 38ºC. Double check the water with your elbow. Another solution is a thermostatic Thermostatic products deliver accClick and Clean. The lower wheels and panels can be released to expose the for thorough cleaning. Panel then easily clicks back into position to ensure a water tight seal.urate thermostatic control ensuring the water temperature you select is maintained even if the pressure varies within your home. This means you and your children are safe regardless of any changes in water usage elsewhere in the home.mixing valve which means water can be stored at a high temperature but comes out of the tap at a safe temperature.

Bathrooms Danger 2: Drowning

A baby can drown in just 5cm of water, and over half of the children drowned each year do so in a bath. Small children simply do not understand the risks associated with even small amounts of water, so it is vital to be aware of the potential dangers of drowning in your own bathroom.

Prevention: Don’t leave your child alone in or near a bath, even if it is only for a few seconds to fetch a nappy or towel. Have everything ready beside the bath so you don’t need to leave them. Your list should include soap, facecloths, towels and toys. Keep bathwater below 6-8cm for babies and no higher than an older child’s waist while they are sitting.

Bathrooms Danger 3: Slipping

Baths are notoriously slippery, and it doesn’t help when you add bubble bath to make bathtime for fun for your children, as such products can make them more so. If a small child slips in the bath they are likely to get a hard bang to the head and could even be knocked unconscious.

Prevention: Ensure your bath is fitted with a non-slip mat for toddlers and young children. Baby seats and supports are also available to create a safe environment for washing your baby. Keep your children under control so they don’t stand or jump in the bath, and handle them carefully when helping them out as they too are slippery when wet!

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