Protect and provide that is the motto of a mother and we are always on the lookout for things that could pose a potential danger to our babies. With that in mind, a particular room in the house that we need to be aware of, as it can be full of safety issues is the bathroom. Luckily, with a bit of forethought you can make this space a lot safer, just read on to find out how.
Damp and mould
One way in such a bathroom can pose a risk to your kids is through damp and mould. Of course, it's not easy to leave a room that is full of sinks, showers, and baths dry and damp free. In fact, even if you open the window after every use, its is still easy for water to drip into unsealed areas or over the floor during a bath or shower.
Damp is such a problem too because not only does it rot wood and other structures making them unsafe but it also allows black mould to grow. Black mould, the Stachybotrys Atra strain, in particular, can be very dangerous to humans and is certainly not something that you want in a room that the children are regularly using.
To that end, keeping your bathroom as dry as possible is vital. To do this be sure to regularly reseal the space in between the wall of the sink, bath, and shower so mould cannot grow in these areas. Also, if you struggle to keep the room dry, consider installing an extractor fan that you can leave running, even if you have to head off to work or on the school run in the morning straight after using this room.
Another major danger in the bathroom that can put your kids at risk is a pest infestation. Now, you may think that pests are just limited to the kitchen where they can eat fallen scraps, but there are bugs like silverfish that love the warm wet atmosphere of the bathroom too. Silverfish will pretty much eat anything as well, including paper so if you have magazines or books in the bathroom, you can be particularly at risk.
Silverfish are pests that love a damp bathroom environment.
You can deal with the sort of infestation, by calling in the professionals to help. Although, just as in mould prevention, keeping your bathroom as dry as possible can help to discourage these little devils in the first place.
Baths are a usual part of most homes. However, they are way too big for baby to take a dip in! In fact, bathing babies as they do not have control over their bodies can be hugely risky in a large bath, and that is why baby baths have been developed.
These can be used in a large bath or put on a separate stand to make holding baby in place more comfortable. They also usually have a slope, so baby is supported as well, something that makes bathtime way safer. Although, it's also vital that you never leave baby unattended in the bath even for a second for maximum safety.