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Childproofing Your Plumbing


As parents, ensuring the safety of our little ones is a top priority. While we diligently childproof electrical outlets and secure sharp objects, it's easy to overlook potential hazards hiding in plain sight – like the plumbing in our Oakville homes. Childproofing your plumbing is crucial in creating a safe environment for your curious explorers. Here's a comprehensive guide with essential information on ensuring your home's plumbing is child-safe.

Identify Potential Risks

Knowing what potential risks look like and finding quick but effective solutions will help keep your kids safe. It is important to educate yourself on the most common plumbing mistakes homeowners make in order to minimize risks to children. 


Here are some areas to review:

Toilet Lids: Install child-proof toilet locks to prevent toddlers from opening lids or accidentally falling in.

Under-Sink Cabinets: Use safety latches to secure under-sink cabinets and keep harmful cleaning products out of reach.


Install safety devices such as:

Faucet Covers: Soft faucet covers protect little heads from bumps and bruises during bath time.

Anti-Scald Devices: Install anti-scald devices on faucets to regulate water temperature and prevent burns.

Childproof Shower Doors: Add latches or guards to prevent children from opening shower doors, avoiding potential accidents.

Pipe Covers: Invest in pipe covers to conceal exposed plumbing pipes, reducing the risk of inserting small items.


Ensure secure access points such as:

Outdoor Faucets: Install outdoor faucet covers to prevent children from accessing and playing with water sources.

Water Heater Locks: Secure water heaters with locks to prevent unauthorized adjustments, reducing the risk of scalds.


Educate and Supervise

Using education as a tool to ensure your children are safe around your Oakville home's property will act as an additional barrier against risks.

Teach Water Safety: Educate children about the dangers of playing with water sources and the importance of adult supervision.

Supervise Bath Time: Always supervise children and never leave them unattended during bath time.

Regular Maintenance and Emergency Preparedness

Performing regular maintenance for your home's plumbing, as well as being prepared with an emergency plumber, will help maintain a child-safe environment.

Check for Leaks: Regularly inspect plumbing fixtures for leaks to avoid water accumulation, which can be hazardous to curious kids.

Replace Old Pipes: Consider replacing old or corroded pipes that may pose a risk of contamination or breakage.

Know Shut-Off Valves: Familiarize yourself with the location of shut-off valves for water supply in case of emergencies.

Emergency Numbers: Keep emergency numbers, including a plumber's contact, readily accessible.

Contact McKenna Plumbing today

Incorporating these childproofing measures into your Oakville home creates a safer environment for your children to explore and grow. Taking the time to address potential plumbing hazards ensures your little ones enjoy a secure and happy home environment. Contact us today to discuss the best solutions for keeping your plumbing up-to-date and safe.