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Keep kids safe in the bathroom

Here are some ideas for child safety in the bathroom from interior designer Barbara Schmidt and American Standard, the plumbing manufacturer:

+ Place a step stool near the bathtub so tots can climb in and out easily.

+ Designate a lower drawer or cabinet for towels, toys and other bath-time items.

+ Transfer shampoo into small plastic bottles so children can learn how to pour their own.

+ Water heaters should not exceed 120 degrees. Install a faucet with safety stops that offer adjustable settings and restrict how far the handle can be pushed toward hot.

+ Safeguard the bathroom with inexpensive locks and safety devices, such as locks for toilet seat lids and cabinets, outlet and doorknob covers, and windup devices for blind cords.

+ If you're renovating, choose slip-proof flooring such as vinyl or textured tile, and consider a lower sink and a child-height toilet, which can be replaced with a full-sized toilet as the kids grow.

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