January is National Bath Safety Month

January is National Bath Safety Month. Keep the fun in the tub throughout the month of January, and always. Here are some recommended safety tips by Health Canada.

General Bath Safety:

Make sure the temperature of the hot water from the tap is no more than 49ºC (120ºF). If possible, set your hot water heater thermostat at 49ºC (120ºF) or lower.

Turn on the cold water first and then the hot water when filling the tub. When finished filling the tub, turn off the hot water first and then the cold water.

Test the water before placing your child in the tub.

Prevent slips. Young children do not have the coordination or strength to hold steady if they lose their balance. Affix a slip-resistant plastic mat that suctions to the bottom of the tub and make sure the throw rug outside the tub does not slide when stepped on. Consider installing a grab bar for kids to hold onto when stepping in and out of the bath.

Beware of sharp edges. Use a rubber cover for the faucet head and drape a towel over metal rails for shower doors when your child is in the bath. Avoid bath toys with hard edges or points that could be hazardous if your child falls onto them.

Bath Seats:

The use of infant bath seats and bath rings has been linked to the drowning death of infants in Canada. Drownings have occurred when the suction cups on the bath seat became loose and the bath seat tipped over. Babies have also slipped through the leg openings, or climbed out of the bath seat. These deaths occurred when the babies were out of their caregiver's sight and reach for only a few seconds. Health Canada doesn't recommend their use.

Supervise children in the bath tub at all times. Keep them in sight and within arm's reach.

Never rely on a bath seat to ensure the safety of a baby in a bath tub.

Remember to never leave a baby unattended in the bath. Take them with you if you have to leave the room for any reason.

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