Kid-Proof Your Front-Loading Washing Machine

August 15, 2019

© Brebca | Dreamstime

Last week a 3-year old Orlando boy died when he became trapped inside a front-load washing machine.  Police believe the boy died from a lack of oxygen when the door closed and prevented him from escaping. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there has been around 3,000 emergency-room-treated washer-associated injures and three deaths among children 5 and younger since 2014 related to washing machines. As for those deaths, two of the three involved front-load models. It's critical that parents explain to their young children that appliances are not toys, and that they can be dangerous. It's equally important to point out any potential dangers to anyone watching your children while you’re away. There are some step you can take as well to make a relatively safe machine kid proof. If your laundry room has a separate door, lock it to prevent your kids from getting access to the washer at all. Leaving the door open on front-loaders can help prevent mold, but if you have young children at home, keep the door closed. You can dry off the washer’s rim and inside of the door after washing a load to help keep mold down if that is a concern. many newer front-loaders have a lock-out or child-lock feature typically activated by holding a combination of buttons or holding a button down for a certain number of seconds. Check your owner's manual for specific instructions to your model. You can also add a childproof lock outside of a front-load washer’s door. The concept is the same as a lock for cabinet or oven doors. It's a good idea to put one on your dryer, too.

RELATED: Blueberries Boost Kid's Reaction Times

RELATED: Eye Drop Hack For Toddlers

RELATED: Add Child Stickers & Drawings On Shipping Boxes For Special Care

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

See and hear more from the 98.5 KTK Morning Show

98.5 KTK Morning Show Podcast