As a parent it’s important that you take steps to make sure your home is safe for your child and their changing behaviours. While with a new born you won’t have too much to worry about, as your child gets older there are various hazards that you need to be aware of, especially when it comes to your plumbing. Children are inquisitive and when they reach the age when they can move around, they can very easily scald themselves, turn on taps, get things (or themselves) stuck in the toilet, get their fingers stuck, or slip and hurt themselves. So, to avoid and unnecessary incidents and help keep your child safe, here’s how to child proof your plumbing and things to look out for.
Install an anti-scalding device
One of the biggest hazards is your child cranking up the water temperature and burning themselves. This can easily be child proof prevented by getting Mr. Plumber Vancouver to install an anti-scalding device on your home water heater to reduce the water temperature.
Faucet safety guards
It’s a good idea to install faucet safety guards to stop your child turning on the taps and potentially flooding the bathroom or filling up the bathtub too high. Handle locks are easy to install but are effective and help to keep your little one safe.
Kids love to lift things up and mess around with water, so the combination of the two makes the toilet a seemingly fun place to play! Invest in a toilet lock so your child can’t flush toys and other things down the toilet, and so that they can’t get stuck in the toilet themselves (it happens)! A lock will help child proof your toilet.
Check pipes and boiler
If you have any exposed pipes that your child can reach, invest in pipe covers so they don’t burn themselves. It’s also a good idea to check for any cracks or corrosion in your pipes, as the last thing you want is for it to break under any pressure (as we know children like to touch everything). You should also be cautious of carbon monoxide poisoning if you have a gas boiler, so make sure you regularly call out Mr. Plumber Vancouver to service your plumbing, look out for symptoms, and get a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in your home.
Another dangerous and very common hazard for children is slipping in the bath or shower or on water in the bathroom, so non-slip mats are very important. It’s also a wise idea to avoid sharp corners (such as around the sink or vanity unit) so your child doesn’t badly hurt themselves if they do fall.
Have you made efforts to child proof your plumbing? If you’re not sure what to do, make sure to give Mr. Plumber in Vancouver a call!