Top 9 Bathroom Safety Tips
Did you know that the bathroom could be one of the most dangerous rooms in your home? According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) 80% of bathroom related injuries were caused by slips and falls, mostly while getting in and out of a shower and or tub. Check this list of bathroom safety tips to see if you could make any improvements to keep your bathroom safe and your family injury-free:
- Bathroom Area Rug Danger
Did you know bathroom area rugs are one of the top causes of falls in the bathroom? When adding a rug to your bathroom, make sure the mat has slip resistant material on the bottom. If the rug does not have slip resistant material, it’s a good idea to replace it; or if you’re crafty, add rubber on the bottom and edges of the rug.
- Grab Bars
Grab bars are one of the best ways to create a safe shower and bath environment. Grab bars should be added inside and outside of the shower, near the toilet or anywhere else you could lose your footing. Grab bars should be properly installed by a professional to ensure they adequately support the weight. Not to worry- grab bars come in tons of stylish and multi-purpose options, from towel racks to soap dish holders.
- Adequate lighting
Accidents will happen in dark, hard to see places more easily than well lit areas. Bathrooms should always have proper lighting, including overhead lighting, task lighting, and even night lights.
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- Have a Seat
One of the best ways to stay safe in the bathroom is by adding a shower seat or bench. This universal design element allows people of all ages and abilities to enjoy a shower safely and comfortably. The seat can also create a safer environment for tasks such as shaving legs. Seated showering is safer for those who experience stability issues, marrying bathroom safety with comfort and universal design.
- Be Aware
One major danger in bathrooms is electrical shock. Always check for standing water before plugging in electrical devices such as hair dryers or curling irons. Make sure your bathroom sockets are GCFI approved (ground-fault circuit interrupter). These sockets monitor electric currents which can help prevent a shock. Make sure any appliances are set down far away from water, like your tub or sink.
- Water Problems
Before you enter or exit a shower or tub, always be aware of any standing water that is on the floor that could cause slips. If you notice large pools of water after a shower, there may be water coming from a leaky shower door or an improperly placed shower curtain.
- Don’t Get Burned
While some like it hot, not monitoring your water temperature could cause some major safety issues. Setting your water temperature on your water heater or furnace to a maximum of 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit insures that your water cannot reach unsafe temperatures and that children and adults can’t accidentally get burned.
- Adequate Bathroom Storage
A neat and organized bathroom is key to bathroom safety. Having proper storage can keep bathrooms tidy and safe. Less clutter means less chances for tripping. It’s also important to keep chemicals, cleaning supplies, and medicines in safe areas, away from children, and away from other items that could potentially get contaminated.
- Take Your Time
It’s no secret that the majority of accidents happen when people are in a hurry, so make sure to take your time. Especially when stepping onto wet surfaces like your shower or even a slick floor, make sure you have your footing or have a grab bar available for support. It’s always important to be safe rather than sorry.