Keeping little ones safe at bath time
To prevent accidents in the bathroom, never leave your child alone.
Keep bathrooms closed when they are not being used. Bath time can be bubbles of fun. But you need to be very careful with your child around water.
Most children’s drowning deaths happen at home, mainly when the caregiver leaves a child alone in the bathroom.
Do not leave your child alone around water, even for a few seconds.
Babies can drown in as little as five centimetres (two inches) of water.
Drowning is silent so you won’t necessarily hear any noise or struggle.
Here are some things you can do to keep your little ones safe at bath time:
Use toys in the tub to keep your child busy and sitting down, and away from the taps.
Stay close enough to your child so that you can reach out and hold them if they slip or fall in the tub.
Use non-skid decals or a mat inside the tub to prevent slipping.
Keep the water temperature below 45 degrees (lukewarm) to prevent burns. Test the water first with your elbow. Keep all sharp objects, such as razors and scissors, out of your child’s reach.
Unplug all electric items, such as hair dryers and radios.
Make sure you empty the tub after bath time is over.
Keep the floor and your child’s feet dry to prevent slipping.
Children younger than 6 should never be left unattended in the bathtub. They should also not be in the bathroom alone if there is water in the bathtub.
Older siblings bathing with younger ones should not be put in charge of a younger child’s safety.
There should be always be an adult in the bathroom during bath time.