Be aware of the following hazards, and plan ways to eliminate or reduce them

Parents and child care providers can help children stay safe in the bathroom.

Supervision Is Key

For toddlers and preschoolers, be sure that at least one child care provider is near the area to monitor and help out when children are using the restrooms.

School-age children may be ready to use the bathroom alone. Before you allow them to go alone, make sure they understand the rules. Teach them not to lock the bathroom door so you can get in to help them if there is an emergency. Stay close and check on them frequently.

Safety Hazards in the Bathroom

Be aware of the following hazards, and plan ways to eliminate or reduce them.

Drowning. A young child can drown in only a few inches of water in a matter of seconds. Always supervise toddlers and preschoolers in the bathroom, and do not leave sinks or buckets full of water.

Hazardous chemicals. Cleaning products and even many kinds of soap can be toxic if swallowed. Store all cleaning products in a locked cabinet or closet that is inaccessible to children.

Burns and shocks. Cover all unused electrical outlets with protective caps or covers to avoid electrical shocks, and replace covers as soon as you are done using an outlet. Do not use irons, hair curlers or straighteners, or other hot appliances while children are around. Store these items in a locked cabinet so children cannot access them.

Falls. Toddlers especially love to climb. Bathroom stools, toilets, and countertops may look like attractive climbing surfaces. Always supervise young children in the bathroom. Mop up water on the floor as soon as spills happen; slippery floors can lead to falls. Teach children to walk rather than run in the bathroom.