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January is National Bath Safety Month

Many find taking bath is one of the most relaxing activities, but it can also pose a risk of death or injury among the ones we love. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4 years-old. After swimming pools, bathtubs are the second most common location for drowning incidents. Additionally, according to the CDC, an average of a quarter million people aged 15 years of age or older are seen in emergency departments for bath related injuries. Of all the fall injuries associated with bathtubs, only 2.2% occur while getting into the bathtub. Fortunately, there are some simple steps we can take to help prevent unwanted hospital trips and calls to 9-1-1.

Child Safety Tips:

Adult Supervision

Children can drown in just a couple inches of water; it only takes a moment. An adult should always remain present and within an arm’s reach of infants and young children while bathing. Prior to starting a bath, make sure you have all the necessities, such as shampoos, towels, and toys. Limit personal distractions by leaving items such as phones, books, and personal devices in a different room.

Infant Bathtubs

For infants, the American Association of Pediatricians recommends using an external, hard plastic infant bathtub placed inside the regular bathtub. The water level should be no more than two inches. Infant bath seats or inflatable tubs are not recommended.


One of the safest ways to avoid scalds and burns from hot water is to lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Allow the tub to fill to the desired amount prior to putting a child in the bath. Never add water to a bathtub once a child is inside.

Pads and Cushions

To avoid unnecessary injury to heads and limbs, use approved pads and cushions on all bath and shower fixtures to protect from sharp edges. If your bathtub has shower doors, assure they are shower proof.

Adult Safety Tips:

Grab Bars

Placing properly installed grab bars around the bathtub and shower can greatly reduce injury from slips and trips. There are three types of grab bars – fixed, suction, and tension. Fixed grab bars are preferred, as they are designed to hold your weight should you feel yourself starting to fall.

Bath Mats

Bath mats are recommended both inside and outside of the tub. Use securely adhered suction mats inside of the bathtub. Anti-slip bath mats on the floor immediately outside of the bathtub can greatly reduce your risk of slipping while stepping out of the tub. Choose a mat that is large enough for both of your feet to comfortably stand on while drying off. Try your best to keep water off the bathroom floor.

Take your Time

Our reflexes can slow down after a warm soak. Never rush to get out of the bathtub, especially if you feel dizzy. If you have limited mobility, or generally do not feel confident hoisting yourself out of a bathtub, consider utilizing a bath chair or bench. 

Fire Extinguisher Recall

More than 40 million Kidde brand fire extinguishers, some on the market for more than four decades, are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.

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The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, the commission said Thursday.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com.

For more details please visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's web page.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety

We often emphasize the significance of working smoke alarms, but of similar importance is carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. According to national statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, CO kills more than 500 people and accounts for an estimated 20,000 emergency department visits annually in the United States. 

CO, often referred to as the "silent killer", is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by incomplete burning of common household fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, and oil. Symptoms of CO poisoning often present as the flu, food poisoning, or other illnesses. Shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea are just a few of the most common symptoms. If not detected, high levels of CO can lead to death within minutes. 

Fortunately, early discovery is possible with proper placement of working and maintained CO detectors. In residential dwellings, place a CO detector outside of each sleeping area and on every level of the residence. Regular maintenance includes testing your CO detector monthly by pressing the test button and changing the batteries at least once per year. 

For the safety of your family, follow these simple CO safety tips: 

 - Never run a vehicle or other fueled motor inside your garage, even if the doors are open. Move the vehicle outside as soon as you've started the engine. 
 - Only use generators in well-ventilated, outdoor locations that are away from any residence openings, including windows, doors, and vents. 
 - Never use a BBQ, gas or charcoal, inside. 
 - In inclement weather, keep all vents (fireplace, stove, dryer, furnace) clear of debris such as snow, leaves and branches, and storm build-up. 

If your CO detector sounds, immediately evacuate to a safe location outside and call 9-1-1. 


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