Home is a place where we all feel safe, but still, there are some places in our home where we can encounter dangerous health situations and with its hard and slippery surface, our bathroom can be that one. We use to take care of all safety measures in our home but we tend to forget we need these preventions in our bathroom too, so with a slight effort, we can make the bathroom a safe and soothing milieu for us and our family.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet.”
Let’s check out these tips to guard ourselves and our family from bathroom injuries.
- The first thing we need is to get rid of slippery surfaces by getting skid proof treatments which help to create an anti-slip surface even when wet. One can get a number of skid proof surfaces for both bathtubs and showers or for the whole bathroom floor.
- To avoid slipping and falling in the bathroom, you can also install a walk-in bath: walk-in tub or walk-in shower. Remember, a safe bathroom is a must have for children and elderly folks, so do think and consider renovating to get a walk in bath for the entire bathroom.
- If it is not cost-effective to get a skid-proof surface or walk-in bath then consider using a mat for the entire surface, and rugs with rubber backing for your floors. Put non-slip strips, mats or tiles in your tub and shower stall to help prevent falls. Get rid of throw rugs instead you can use loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backings. To combat tripping, secure any loose corners on mats.
- Grabs bars are very important for a bathroom safety, so be sure to add grab bars next to the toilet, shower, and bathtub as it helps to you to maintain the balance as you stand or sit and gives you support to grab onto something if you slip. So, don’t forget to place grab bars or rails in your bathroom, they come in a variety of lengths, textures, and styles.
- Never compromise in lighting your bathroom, install a proper and adequate lighting in your bathroom, having a nightlight or an illuminated switch in the bathroom can help to move in right the direction and to avert slips and falls hence saving you from any injury or broken bones.
- Keep all your electrical appliances away from the reach of shower heads or water taps. Water is a good conductor of electricity, so keep your curling iron, electric razor and hair dryer away from water to avoid electrocution. Also to avoid electrocution do install ground-fault electrical outlets. Also, to avoid burning accidents from hot water from your taps set your hot water tank to a reasonable temperature.
So, these are some safety tips for your bathroom, try to follow these and keep yourself safe!