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The Bathroom

Set the thermostat of your hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the chance of scald burns. It takes just 3 seconds for a child to sustain a third degree burn from water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Never leave baby unattended in the bathtub, for any reason or any length of time; do not use bathtub rings without direct supervision. Babies can drown in as little as two inches of water.

Remove sharp utensils and appliances. Razors, scissors, and blow dryers are better kept in an adult's bedroom, locked out of a child's reach.

Remove all shampoos, cosmetics, shaving supplies, etc. from around the edge of the tub. Keep up high, out of a child's reach.

Install toilet locks. Unlike adults, children's weight is concentrated in the top half of their bodies. When they lean into a toilet bowl, they may lose their balance, fall forward and drown in as little as 1 inch of water.

The bathtub spout can be covered with a spout cover to prevent burns or injuries to the head. Drain covers are also available.

Lock medicine cabinets. Even items as seemingly harmless as iron pills and mouthwash can be dangerous for a young child.

Request child-resistant packaging. But keep in mind that child-resistant containers are not childproof. These medicines still need to be locked up out of a child's reach.

Do not get out of the tub while carrying your baby.

If you use an automatic toilet bowl cleaner, remove it from the tank and discard it in the outside trash; such products are toxic.

Be sure bathroom doors can be unlocked from the outside in case your child locks one from within. If necessary, change the locks.