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23 Jan

National Bath Safety Month

National Bath Safety Month

January is National Bath Safety Month! It is important to ensure everyone is safe at all times when near water, including in your own home. Between 2006 and 2010, 434 children under the age of 5 passed away due to drowning in a bathtub. Not only should baths be made safe for children in the home, but also for the elderly. Accidents can be tragic; however, they are preventable if the correct steps are taken.

 

Bath statistics:

  • 1 in 3 adults over the age of 60 report issues getting in and out of the bathtub
  • There are about 200,000 bathroom accidents a year, most of which are preventable
  • 21.8 million people experienced non-fatal injuries in the bathtub that required medical attention in 2008

 

Tips to Prevent Accidents

 Homes with young children:

  • Never leave a child unattended in the bath
    • Take the child with you if you need to leave the room
    • Never leave any water left in the bath
    • Rinse all bath toys and let dry completely before putting away to prevent growth of mold
  • Test the temperature of the water before putting the child in the tub
      • Wait until the tub is filled before testing
      • Use a thermometer and aim for a temperature just above 100oF. If you do not have a thermometer, use your elbow – the water should be warm, not hot.
      • Use a rubber cover for the faucet head and other hard, sharp edges

 

Homes with elderly:

  • Install non-slip/grip mats on the floor of the tub
  • Place non-slip rugs on the outside of the tub
  • Have grab rails to get in/out of the tub rather than holding on to towel bar or curtain
  • Keep bathroom floor clean of spills and clutter
  • Do not reach for things that are more than an arm’s length away
  • Have proper lighting, even at night, in the bathroom

 

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