Bathroom Safety Tips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are admitted to the hospital.

Injuries in the bathroom: 
Falls and slips
Drowning 
Medication misuse 
Poisonings 
Electrocutions
Burns  

An easy way to prevent injuries is  to install door knob covers on the outside so children cannot access the room.
 
  • Never leave young children alone in the bathroom. It only takes one inch of water for someone to drown
  • Check water temperature before putting young children into the bathtub - A child can get a third degree burn from just one second of exposure to 155 degree water.  Hot water heaters easily reach that temperature, so be aware of the temperature and set limits in the setting if possible.  So this is something you as landlords can easily do.  If you know there is a child in your tenants home, you can lower the hot water setting.  The recommended setting from the CPSC is 120 degrees.  

  • Lock medicine cabinets and get rid of expired meds
  • Ventilate the room to prevent mold and mildew
  • Top poisoning exposure: Cosmetics/personal care items