Is Your Bathroom Safe for Kids and Grandkids?

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. April 08, 2016

Is Your Bathroom Safe for Kids and Grandkids?

Some adults do not have the pleasure of having children under the age of five visiting their home.

If you recently became a parent or grandparent or if your friends or family members have children, then this situation has changed. There are several things that you can do to help ensure that the little ones are safe in your home.

First, a personal experience with my own bathroom adventures. When I was 5 years old, my parents thought that I was old enough to be left in the bathtub for the first time. Strict orders were given for me to call them when I was ready to get out. Being me – I was certain that I was old enough to do whatever I wanted. I stepped on the slippery rim of the tub with both feet pretending I was Superman and ready to launch myself faster than a speeding bullet. And of course, Superman got 10 stitches in his chin.

Let’s hope that your kids or grandkids are smarter than me. I am sure they are, but they still can use your help to make sure your bathroom is more safe than it is now.

Here are some health and safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Click on each one and you will be linked to the CDC site or our blogs for further details.

Other safety ideas from Safety In Place include:

  • Removing bathroom door locks – you may need to get into the bathroom immediately in case of an emergency 
  • Removing sharp objects – razors, scissors, tweezers
  • Installing child-proof safety tabs on electrical outlets
  • Ensuring that all electrical outlets near water are GFCI
  • Lock cabinets or remove all cleaning solutions from the bathroom
  • Remove electrical devices with power cords from the bathroom - such as space heaters, hair dryers, curlers – as these may be plugged in and fall into a sink or bathtub full of water resulting in electrocution.

We want everyone in our homes to be safe and secure. Given that bathrooms are the most hazardous rooms in houses today, it is a good place to start to make sure that you and your family are safe.




Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.

Author

Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.