How to Childproof a Bathroom - dummies

By Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton

Childproof the bathroom to prevent accidents and protect children. Bathrooms accidents can involve slippery surfaces, water, electricity, and chemicals. Knowing how to childproof a bathroom can make it a safe and sudsy place for kids.

  • Use only the bathmats or rugs that have an anti-skid backing so it won’t slide across the floor.

  • Choose a countertop with rounded edges and no sharp corners that can hurt little ones.

  • Install anti-scalding devices on faucets and showerheads that have a maximum hot water setting (120 degrees is a safe setting) and are pressure balanced. That way, when it is turned on and adjusted, the ratio of hot and cold water remains the same (even if somewhere in the house someone flushes a toilet or starts the dishwasher at the same time).

  • Avoid platform tubs with steps that can be slippery when wet.

  • When bathing little ones, install faucets where you can comfortably reach and control the water level and temperature from outside the tub.

  • Install grab bars at a lower level in tub and shower areas so that a child can safely reach them.

  • Choose a shower or tub doors made of safety glass.

  • Keep cleaning chemicals and medicines in a locked cabinet.

  • Always lower the toilet seat cover.