A paramedic has listed the very simple rule all parents should follow in the bathroom to prevent dangerous accidents, and the other things you should do to protect your kids.
The guide, uploaded to Instagram by Australian paramedic and mother-of-two Nikki, showed how common accidents are in the home – and especially in the bathroom.
‘As a paramedic, there are many jobs I’ll never forget, one in particular prompted tonight’s reminder about bath safety,’ Nikki posted.
‘Never take your eyes off them.’
A paramedic listed the simple rule parents should follow in the bathroom to prevent dangerous accidents, and all you need to do is always leave the tap in the ‘cold’ position (pictured)
The guide, uploaded to Instagram by Australian paramedic and mother-of-two Nikki (pictured), showed how common accidents are in the home – and especially in the bathroom
The most important thing Nikki said you can do as a parent is always leave the bath tap set on the ‘cold’ position.
This means that if your baby or child reaches up to the tap to put it on, it will douse them in cold water rather than scolding hot.
‘Burns are common in the bathroom and this is a simple way to avoid them,’ Nikki said.
You should also avoid buying toys for the bathroom where water can get inside them (pictured); instead choose something that is suitable for bathtime
You should also avoid buying toys for the bathroom where water can get inside them.
‘Get ones like this,’ Nikki said – holding up a toy that is suitable for the bathroom.
‘Wash them frequently in the dishwasher to stop dirt and grime from getting lodged inside and potentially ending up in your child’s mouth.’
Elsewhere, the paramedic said a non-slip mat is key for the bathroom, as is the fact that you should empty the bath as soon as possible once your child or baby is out.
‘Never take your eyes off them,’ Nikki concluded.
‘Drowning is quick and silent.’
Always wash your toys (pictured) and invest in a non-slip mat to keep your kids safe when they are enjoying bath time
Thousands of parents who saw the hacks tagged other mums and dads, and said they had never considered changing the tap to the cold position.
‘This is a great one to remember,’ one mum posted.
‘Recently on a mums club group on Facebook there were mums saying they let their two and three-year-olds bath alone,’ another added.
‘I think more bath and shower safety awareness is totally necessary.’
A third posted: ‘I never thought about this, will definitely be trying it’.