September is Baby Safety Month

Bathrooms may not seem particularly dangerous for babies, but there are, in fact, many hazards that can cause harm.

Charlotte, NC, September 04, 2009 --( Mike Bost, vice president of Palmetto Childproofing Inc, announces that September is national Baby Safety Month. This annual campaign is sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and serves to raise awareness and educate parents and caregivers about keeping babies safe both inside and outside the home.

Bost says that all aspects of baby safety are important, but that he likes to focus on a particular area of concern for Baby Safety Month. This year, that focus is on bathroom safety.

“Bathrooms may not seem particularly dangerous for babies,” says Bost, “but there are, in fact, many hazards that can cause harm.” He offers the following safety tips for the bathroom:

· Never leave standing water in the tub or sink. It takes very little water to create a drowning hazard.

· Never leave a baby or toddler unattended in the bath. If you must leave the room, wrap your child in a towel and take him with you.

· Reduce your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees. A baby's skin is more sensitive than an adult's. What is warm to us can scald a small infant.

· Install safety latches on bathroom cabinets and drawers.

· Install a spout cover to protect from falls.

· Use a non-slip mat in the tub to prevent falls.

· Remove items from around the tub ring (shampoo, conditioner, razors). When bar soap becomes small enough to fit into a toddler's mouth, it becomes a choking hazard.

· Install a lid lock on the toilet. Babies can drown in just a few inches of water. In addition, lid locks will prevent toddlers from flushing valuables down the toilet.

· Put the wastebasket under the sink and latch the cabinet doors.

· Know how to unlock bathroom doors from the outside. Some toddlers have accidentally locked themselves in. An emergency entry key is a necessity.

· Keep hair dryers, curling irons, and other electrical appliances away from the reach of children. When not in use, unplug these devices and store in a locked cabinet.

Bost urges parents and caregivers to be proactive, not reactive in making their homes safe. For parents experiencing difficulty, delays, or frustration in babyproofing their home, he suggests they consider using the services of a professional childproofer.

“Professional childproofers have considerable experience installing baby gates, cabinet and drawer latches, and many other child safety products that parents sometimes find difficult to install on their own,” he says.

Every September, Bost says he looks forward to Baby Safety Month. “Although baby safety requires constant vigilance throughout the year, Baby Safety Month provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness and promote safety, and maybe even teach parents a thing or two that they didn’t already know.”

About Palmetto Childproofing Inc

Palmetto Childproofing Inc helps parents create a safe home environment for their baby or toddler to live, explore, develop, and grow. The company is committed to injury prevention for babies and toddlers by providing home safety consultations, a complete line of quality child safety products, and professional installation services. Palmetto Childproofing Inc services the parents of Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas.

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Mike Bost