HOUSEHOLD/CHILD SAFETY (THE BATHROOM)
Almost 13 months after the last post, I am concluding the Household/Child Safety Series. It's been a long struggle, but I am happy this is being put to rest. I am happy to be able to share my thoughts on the subject matter in the public space, my desire is that this will be of help to as many as possible across geographical divides. Enjoy!!!
The bathroom is often the most dangerous room in a home. It's a room with hard and often wet slippery flooring furnished with toilets, tubs, showers and sinks made of such unforgiving materials as porcelain, ceramic, chrome and tile. In addition, some of the most lethal medicines and cleaning products in the house are stored in the bathroom cabinets. The bathroom requires extra care and planning to prevent accidents. The combination of water, medications and electrical appliances make safety precautions in and around the bathroom essential for every family member. Safe storage of supplies, constant adult supervision around water and swift cleaning of slick surfaces should be common practice to help reduce the risk of some of home injuries.
- Shower doors should be made from safety glass or heavy-duty plastic.
- Always run cold water before the hot to prevent accidental scalding.
- Always check the water temperature before getting into the bath.
- Always remove soap from the bath water to prevent slipping.
- Keep electrical items, such as hairdryers, radios, shavers etc. away from the bath or basin.
- Use non-slip mats or strips on the bottom of the bath.
- Handles attached to the wall can prevent accidents when getting out of the bath.
- Never use electric fires in a bathroom unless it is specifically made for the purpose.
- Keep the bathroom floor clean and dry.
- Use nightlights in hallways and bathrooms.
- Don't let young children use the sink or tub without help. When children are in the tub, stay close enough to touch them.
- Know the things in your bathroom that are poisons
- Look at the labels for the words "Caution," "Warning," "Danger," "Poison" or "Keep Out of Reach of Children" on the box or bottle
- Keep all medicines and cleaning products in the containers they came in. Keep labels on them.
- All your medicines and cleaning products should have child safety caps.
- All medicines, cosmetics (make-up) and cleaning supplies should be locked in a cabinet
- Always unplug appliances after using them.
As I clearly stated in the penultimate post on this series, the next series will be on radiation. I started something similar on twitter recently (you can follow us on @zadamultitech), I hope it will be as informative and educative as possible.