Follow Ideal Standard's quick and easy tips to avoid any accidents at bath-time
Every parent knows bathing your little ones can be a great bonding activity, but like everything you do with your child, accidents can also happen too. Over one million children under the age of 16 attend A & E departments as a result of accidents in the home every year, with over 10% of these accidents occurring in the bathroom. The great news is that there are lots of quick and easy measures you can put in place to make your bathroom child-friendly. To that end, Ideal Standard and parenting expert Lucy Atkins, author of numerous parenting books including ‘First Time Parent', have teamed up to create some handy tips to show you how to help prevent unnecessary accidents and create a safe environment for family bath time. 1. Avoid scalding. Many bathroom accidents occur from hot taps and water, with over half of all scalds in the UK happening to children less than five years of age . A baby or child's skin is thinner than an adult's and will scald very easily. Always check the temperature by dipping your elbow (not your hand, which may be less temperature sensitive) in the water. The bath should feel the same temperature as your body. Take it one step further knowing your child can play happily with the water as the bath fills up by fitting an Ideal Standard THERMOSTATIC Thermostatic products deliver accurate thermostatic control ensuring the water temperature you select is maintained even if the pressure varies within your home. This means you and your children are safe regardless of any changes in water usage elsewhere in the home.control tap such as THERMOSTATIC Thermostatic products deliver accurate thermostatic control ensuring the water temperature you select is maintained even if the pressure varies within your home. This means you and your children are safe regardless of any changes in water usage elsewhere in the home.Shower Mixer, RRP £490. This keeps the brassware cool and safe to touch, whilst the temperature limit stop control allows the water temperature to be set to a certain level. Also available is the Ideal Standard range of ATTITUDE brassware that uses innovative COOL BODY Cool body technology ensures the fitting remains safe to touch, giving you added peace of mind.technology offering enhanced safety. This prevents the body of the tap getting hot, even when hot water is running. The tap can be touched at any time without danger of burning, ensuring optimal safety coupled with beautiful design. 2. Prevent small fingers getting crushed. Small fingers can be easily trapped by knocking the toilet seat down during active play around the bathroom. An Ideal Standard CONCEPT soft close toilet seat has a resistance function that allows children to feel grown up by putting the seat up and down themselves, closing slowly without slamming shut to avoid any accidents. Ideal Standard CONCEPT seat and cover (slow close), RRP £100 3. Be vigilant: never, ever leave a baby or young child alone in the bath, even if you're using a special baby bath seat and if your baby can sit up alone - even if you're just ‘nipping' for a nappy or the phone. Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in babies and young children. A baby or child can drown in just an inch or two of water so it's best never to take the risk. 4. Make sure dangerous items are out of reach. Storage is really important for keeping all medicines and bathroom cleaning products safely tucked away from inquisitive hands. Seemingly harmless adult items such as razors, scissors and bleach can pose serious safety risks to children and nowadays bathroom storage can be beautiful as well as functional. The Sottini furniture range offers a number of high wall-mounted storage solutions to keep potential hazards safely out of harms way. Prices start from RRP £320 – what's more, you can get units that don't even look like cupboards! 5. Avoid slip ups: It's fine to put even a small baby in a normal bath as long as you hol
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