Your House's Danger Zones

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While you don't want to be a high-strung parent who is paranoid of danger lurking behind every corner, it is critical to your child's safety and well-being that you educate yourself about your house's danger zones. It's a good idea to go through your home every few months and evaluate these danger zones to ensure that everything is safe for your child.

Danger Zone - Bathroom

The bathroom is probably the one room in your house that poses the most threat. This is not only because of medicine cabinets and cleaning products but also because of the toilet and bathtub. It may be hard to believe, but it takes just a few inches of water-like what you would find in a toilet-for a small child to drown. Toilet lid locks will keep small, curious children safe.

Never leave children unattended in a bathtub. Again, the risk of drowning is very real. You should also make sure the water temperature is set lower so that your child isn't scalded by hot water. You can purchase faucet covers that will keep children from being able to turn the handles on the faucet.

Children are also at risk of slipping and falling, so make sure the bathtub has non-slip bath mats or non-slip decals.

One of the other danger zones in your bathroom is your medicine cabinet. It is important to keep medications, supplements and vitamins out of a child's reach. You can do this by storing them up high with tightly sealed, childproof lids. Or you may wish to lock the medications in another area of the home.