If you're remodeling your house, and you're going to be designating one specific bathroom for kids use, you'll want to add a few safety features. Adding safety features that you might not include in an adult-use bathroom will help ensure that your kids are protected from potential risks. If you're not sure what type of safety measures you should include, here are four tips to help get you started.
1. Insist on GFCI Outlets
While your kid's bathroom is being designed, be sure to insist on GFCI outlets. GFCI outlets are crucial for any bathroom, but for a kids bathroom, they're must-have items. GFCI outlets are designed to shut the power off to the outlet as soon as there's a power surge, or an electrical appliance comes in contact with water. If you're going to have things like blow dryers or curling irons in the bathroom, it's of the utmost importance that you have GFCI outlets installed.
2. Install Grab Bars in the Bathtub
When you think of safety grab bars, you probably think of safety features for the elderly. However, those grab bars aren't just for the elderly. They're an important safety feature for kids bathrooms as well. Install grab bars near the top edge of the bathtub. That way, if your child slips in the water, they have something to grab hold of. Not only that, but the grab bars will give your child something safe to grab hold of when they're exiting the bathtub.
3. Keep Locks Off the Kids Bathroom Doors
If the new bathroom in your home is going to be used exclusively by children, you need to have a "no lock" policy on the door. Installing a simple closet entry knob on the bathroom, instead of one with a locking mechanism will ensure that your kids never accidentally lock themselves in the bathroom. In the event of an emergency, you need to be able to get into the bathroom quickly. However, you won't be able to if your little one has locked the door as they entered the bathroom. Once your kids are older, you can add locks to the bathroom doors for privacy.
4. Use Anti-Slip Stickers Throughout the Bathroom
When you think of slippery surfaces, you probably think of the bathtub. However, the tile floors can get quite slippery when they're wet. To avoid slip and fall accidents in your kid's bathroom, be sure to use anti-slip stickers in the bathtub and on the tile floors. You can color coordinate the stickers so that they match the bathroom décor.
Now that you're going to be adding a bathroom for your kids, make sure you take the appropriate safety measures. For plumbing assistance, talk to your plumber about other steps you can take to make your new bathroom safer for your kids.
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