It was a summer day when I was about four years old when I heard my sisterâ€™s screams.
I had wandered into the backyard and was probably playing with my dinosaur toys when the sound of something bad happening echoed from the laundry room.
By the time I could put my T-Rex and Brontosaurus toys down and run inside, my mom was fishing my sister out of the washing machine.
My sister, at the time probably 2 years old, reached for her favorite blanket sitting temptingly in the washing machine and had toppled into it. Thankfully the washing machine wasnâ€™t on, nor did it have any water in it, but her accident highlights a growing concern for parents: Laundry Room Safety.
For this weekâ€™s #TuesdayTips, weâ€™re bringing you 4 tips for laundry room safety:
Child Resistant Locks: Some washing machines now come with safety locks that prevent children from opening them while the machine is in use. If it’s time to buy a new washer, consider looking for one that comes with this feature.
Door Knob Locks: For very young children, door knob locks could be a good investment to keep kids out of the laundry room.
Supervise: When itâ€™s time to clean the house, youâ€™re in the zone. Focused. On a mission. If you need to dedicate some time to clean without having to keep the kids in tow or supervised, consider setting up a playdate for them or take turns with your spouse or partner watching the kids and cleaning.
Education: If your kids are of an appropriate age, talk to them about the dangers of the laundry room. Make it clear that the washer and dryer arenâ€™t toys and that there are zones that are off limits for them.
What tips do you have for safety in the laundry room? Let us know in the comments.