Bathroom Safety Tips

The smallest room in your home can have many dangers. Drowning, burns, falls, poisoning, electrical shock – all these things can happen in your bathroom. Keep young children out of the bathroom unless you are watching them carefully. Here are some other ways to keep your family safe in the bathroom.

  • Have a grab bar by the bathtub and shower.
  • Have a grab bar by the toilet.
  • Put non-slip strips in your tub or shower.

  • Have a bath mat with a non-skid bottom next to the tub and shower.

  • Keep the bathroom floor clean and dry.

  • Use nightlights in hallways and bathrooms.

Protect Young Children

  • 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.

  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prevent Fire

  • Blow out candles if you leave the bathroom.

  • Have a large, deep ashtray for smokers in your family.
  • Put water on cigarette buttes before throwing them away.

Prevent Electrical Shock Injuries

  • Keep hair dryers, curling irons and electric razors away from water.
  • Always unplug appliances after using them.
  • The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from a dangerous shock when water and electricity come together.
  • If you don't already have one, an electrician can install a GFCI for you.