Thursday, January 14, 2016

In Canada, January is National Bath Safety Month.

January is National Bath Safety Month

In Canada, January is National Bath Safety Month. 

According to a report from Queensland, Australia titled "Bathroom Proves Dangerous For Queenslanders,"

"Approximately 3,700 Queenslanders are injured in their bathroom each year according to the latest statistics released by the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) at Mater Health Services in Brisbane. Children under the age of 5 years old were most at risk of obtaining an injury in the bathroom accounting for over 40% of these injuries, whilst the elderly were also at high risk, particularly those over the age of 85 years old". "

Given that January is National Bath Safety Month in Canada. We at Life Choice thought it would be a good idea to provide some information and tips on bath safety not only for children and the elderly, but tips that can be used by your entire family to ensure your safety and theirs.

Safety Tips for Seniors

To help reduce the odds of falling or slipping in the bathroom experts have come up with a list of a few recommendations. 
Install non slip strips or mats in the bottom of your bathtub; Have reachable safety handles for climbing in and out of the tub or shower; Keep a non slip rug or mat on the floor at the entry or exit of the shower; Make sure your bathroom floor stays clean and free of spills; Keep a portable phone in your bathtub in case of emergencies
Safety Tips for Children
For children aged 4 and under the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a parent or caregiver always be present when the child is near water - this includes the tub as accidents can happen very quickly.
Because young children lack the coordination or strength to hold themselves firm in case they loose their balance it is recommended that a slip resistant plastic mat that suctions to the bottom of the tub be placed down. It is also recommended that the throw rug outside of the tub does not slip when stepped on. Another recommendation is installing a grab bar for kids to hold onto when stepping in and out of the tub. 
Test the temperature.
Always wait until the tub is finished filling up before placing your child in the water, as the temperatures can change very fast. Test the water first by using your finger and dipping it very quickly in the water to test for water temperature. Adjust the water temperature if necessary. 
Turn the cold water on first and then the hot water. When turning the water off, turn off the hot water first and then the cold water.Your hot water heater should be no hotter than 120 degrees to lower the risk of scalding.
Beware of sharp edges.

When you child is in the bath make sure that all metal items such as faucet heads, metal rails etc.. are covered. Make sure that any glass shower doors are made of shatterproof glass. Avoid bath toys with hard edges or points that could be hazardous if your child falls onto them. 
Taking these steps toward preventing falls in your bathroom could definitely help save a life, so put them into practice right away as part of National Bath Safety Month.
Bath Seats 

The Use of infant bath seats and bath rings has been linked to the drowning deaths of infants in Canada. Drownings have occurred when the suction cups on the bath seats became loose and the bath seat tipped over. Babies have also slipped through the leg opening, or climbed out of the bath seat. These deaths occurred when the babies were out of the caregivers sight and reach for only a few seconds. Health Canada does not recommend their use. 


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January Is National Bath Safety Month (January 2015, Toronto4Kids)
January is National Bath Safety Month: Tips For Seniors And Children (Hive Health Magazine)
Bathrooms Prove Dangerous For Queenslanders (Australia Government Document 2006)

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