January is National Bath Safety Month, and we're just in the nick of time to bring you some helpful tips on keeping children safe in and around the bathtub:
Stay with them
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 4 and under always have a parent or caregiver present when they are near water, including the tub.
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.
Test the temperature
Always wait until the tub is finished filling up before placing your child in the water, as the temperature can change. Set your home's water heater to deliver water no hotter than 120 degrees to lower the risk of scalding. If you do not have control over the heater, buy an anti-scald device that attaches to the faucet.
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. Make sure any glass shower doors are made of shatterproof glass. Avoid bath toys with hard edges or points that could be hazardous if your child falls onto them.
Safety in and around the bathtub has no age limit. Whether you're drawing a bath for a little one or enjoying one yourself, never forget the importance of preventing accidents.