Celebrating National Bath Safety Month
It is a brand new year, so much to celebrate and look forward to. It is appropriate that the year begins with a way to keep the year healthy and strong. January is National Bath Safety Month. This is the time to check out how safe we take our bathing.
Check the Temperature
Never take a bath in water above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Some adults can withstand hotter, but anything above that can give a child third degree burns. Many swimming pools are set in the low 70’s. If the temperature of a swimming pool feels right to you, keep a bath slightly below hot as it can cool relatively quickly. One way to ensure that scalding water does not come out of your faucets is to turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. Many people do this that have small children. Water temperature is a serious matter. If the temperature is hot to your touch, it will be scalding to the tender skin of a child or an elderly person.
One of the biggest dangers in bathtubs are falls. Anyone can fall, but those that have disabilities or are older are more susceptible. Using a bath chair is a great way to minimize the risk of taking a shower or bath.
Bath chairs allow someone to take a bath without having to sit all the way down in a tub which can be hard enough doing without the hassle of getting back out. They also allow people to shower without having to stand, slip, or fall. A person can be comfortable bathing without any additional risk added to the experience.
Rubber Mats and Decals
Slipping in a bathtub is very easy. Anybody can do it. All it takes is just the foot placed in just the right wet spot of the tub. Before you know it, lights can be out. One of the best ways to prevent falls in the bathtub or shower is place shower/rubber mats on the bottom of the tub. These mats give traction to your feet. For some, plain old rubber mats is not attractive enough to them. For them the rubber decals that come in various shapes, colors, and sizes will work. Children love these, too.
A bath rail is always great for any bathtub or shower. Someone healthy in their twenties can find use for a bath rail. It gives someone leverage when getting out of a tub, support for sitting in a tub, and something to hold on to if they start to fall. A small rail can easily be fitted to any tub or shower to add safety to your bathing experience.
Add a Bookrack
Yes, this sounds odd. Too many bathing accidents occur because a child is left alone. This should never be done. Small children, especially under the age of six, should always be kept watch over when bathing. Why do parents do this? Because they are busy. Whatever they are doing should either be put on hold or brought into the bathroom with them, if it is safe to do so. If your child wants to be play in the tub or of an age to wash themselves, pick up a magazine or book and be engaged while keeping an eye on them. What I am trying to say is that you need to stay with your child and be there for them. Keep them safe and sound. Do not get distracted and leave the room for any length of time.
Toilet Seats Down
The safety measure here is not for the ladies because inconsiderate men leave the seat up. Oh, no! Though this could be argued so that women do not fall in when they sit down in the middle of the night, this safety measure is for those little ankle biters. Small children can be careless, even more so around things that they like to play and experiment with. The toilet is a fascination for small children. They like to see things fall in it that really should not be there. They like to see the items go down the hole. This act can lead to many plumbing problem. The most dangerous thing they can do is fall in after those experimental items. The result? Too many drownings. Keep the toilet seat down so that they do not accidently fall in. For those inquisitive children, add a toilet seat lock to keep the lid down from prying hands.
Some dangers in the bathtub are those we take for granted. A razor in the bathtub is nothing to most of us. To a small child, it can be deadly. Children love to play with things they see adults using. They like to see what it can do. What they do not realize is that while razors can remove hair, they can also remove skin and blood. Keep razors out of reach of children. Never assume that they will not use them or anything else in your bathing area that could be harmful.
No Electrical Items
This might sound like a “Duh!” statement, but those warning labels on the electrical items are there because some dodo brain decided to blow dry their hair while washing it. Someone has done it. Most of realize that this is not smart. Children do not. Keep these items away from children. For adults? Radios are electrical items. Televisions are electrical items. Laptops are electrical items. Be smart and keep all electronics away from you when bathing. It might be a shocking experience for you.
Hand Held Shower Heads
Having a hand held shower head can add safety to your bathing experience. These shower heads allow you to wash up without having to twist and turn in the shower. All that movement to get washed up can lead to falls. Use a shower head that you can take down and bring to your body is much safer. It also works well with those bath chairs.
Believe it or not, keeping children’s toys clean is a big part of bathing safety. Children love to play in the bath. When they are done with their toys, the toys sit and wait till next bath time. During that time, mold likes to take up residence. This is not very good hygiene. Clean the bath toys with bleach periodically to protect against dangerous mold growth.
Always be safe when bathing. Celebrate January’s National Bath Safety Month by giving Grandma a bath chair, Grandpa a bath rail, and children colorful bath decals. Remind everyone, including yourself, how to start the year off right and smelling clean!