Anyone who has had small children in their care will tell you how quickly accidents involving them can occur. Parents and carers must think differently about the hazards around the home, and approach everything from the child’s point of view. They must also understand that a child’s natural curiosity drives what an adult might call risky behaviour.
Young Children Cannot Recognise Hazards
This is how young children learn, but it is also how they are injured or even killed in accidents, mostly in a home environment. It is the carer’s role to identify the hazards that pose a danger to their young charges and either remove them or neutralise them.
Glass is a Potential Hazard in any Setting
Glass is an obvious hazard in any setting, and most care-givers would be responsible enough to clean up a dropped glass or bottle immediately it is broken. However, they may overlook the hazard that glass in a furniture piece or a mirror poses if it shatters.
We sometimes install bathroom mirrors for our clients as part of a Budget Shower Screens bathroom renovation. We are aware that even on a wall, this type of glass can still be a hazard to small children, so we offer a few suggestions to make your new bathroom child friendly while still looking sensational.
Choose Bathroom Mirrors that are Child Friendly
When you are choosing a bathroom mirror, look around for one with smooth and rounded edges. Although the current fashion is for a square or rectangular shaped frameless mirror, these have sharp corners. A frame would soften that effect somewhat, but it would be even better to have an oval or round mirror to be on the safe side.
Their Very Own Mirror at Child Level
If your bathroom has the wall space, another child friendly idea is to mount a second, smaller mirror, preferably oval or round, at their eye level. Trying to teach small children good habits such as proper teeth cleaning techniques, or how to wash their faces, is hard for them when the only mirror is installed at adult height. They must either sit on the sink counter or pull up a chair to reach, both of which can be falling hazards.
Adult Supervision Prevents Child Accidents
Unsupervised access to the sink counter also puts other hazards such as shaving equipment within their reach. It also invites the likelihood that a small child may hit at the mirror with something in reach such as an aerosol can, which could shatter the mirror. If there is no room for a second, lower mirror, a better solution is adult supervision always until the children are older.
We understand that you want your new bathroom to be amazing, but with a little thought, it can not only be fashionable, but also a safe place for young children.