child home safety, child-proofing, and accidental injury prevention in the bathroom: hands putting a safety latch on a toilet lid
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Respondents of the Home Safety Council's Safe Haven research named the bathroom a close second to kitchens as an at-home danger zone. Still, 64 percent of respondents report they haven't made any safety upgrades.

• According to The American Burn Association, more than 21,000 kids are treated yearly for scalds. Make sure your water heater temperature is set to a maximum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. As an added precaution, or if you live in an apartment where you cannot adjust the water heater, add an easy-install scald guard to spouts and showerheads to block water flow above a preset temperature.

• According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, unintentional drowning is the 2nd leading cause of injury death for kids aged 1-14. But, says Safe Kids USA, a parent or caregiver claimed to be supervising children in nearly 9 out of 10 child drowning-related deaths. Never leave children alone in a bathtub. Carry a cordless phone with you to discourage leaving the room "for just a second." Lock toilet lids to further reduce drowning risk. Consider CPR training; the American Red Cross offers courses.

• Put in non-slip shower and tub mats or strips. Install grab bars for added bath-time safety.

• Keep mouthwash, medicines, and cleaners or chemicals stores in cabinets with child locks or latches. If anyone in your home has to use syringes or lancets for medical reasons, be sure they're disposing of them properly. Get proper disposal solutions (i.e. MedWaste containers) from your waste management company.

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