Where do people love spending time to relax and get away from it all, especially at the end of a long trying day? While there’s no unanimous choice, of course, but hiding out in the bathroom while taking a nice warm bath is way up there on a lot of people’s lists.
Ironically enough, however, that one place we all associate with warmth and comfort is also an accident waiting to happen, especially for seniors, anyone with special needs, and children 15 and under. Did you know, for example, that 25% of all US emergency room visits stem from slips and falls in the bathroom?
Quick segue forward: March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, and here at Connor Plumbing we’re marking the occasion by urging you to take added precautions in your home bathrooms. Here are few specific ways to help foster greater bathroom safety:
- Non-slip flooring like stone tiles, cork, rubber, and other non-slip surfaces
- Replace your existing bathtub for a walk-in model
- Replace your shower head for a handheld model, which thus eliminates the need for turning around in the stall or tub
- Install grab bars in and near your tub or shower stall
- Make sure you have a non-slip rubber mat inside the tub
- Install an anti-scald shower valve to prevent falls that stem from the sudden shock of surging water temperature
You might also consider a motion-sensitive night light in your bathroom, perfect for kids who wake up in the middle of the night and can’t reach the light switch.
At Connor Plumbing, we have these and other ways to help make your bathrooms “accident free zones” inside your house for the good of your entire family. Call us today or anytime for more information or to schedule service.