Where do the majority of home injuries occur? No place other than your bathroom. That’s because the conditions are ripe for slips and falls, accidental poisoning, drowning, and other preventable mishaps.
As such, we urge you to follow these 10 safety tips to help protect all family members, especially small children and the elderly, the two groups most prone to bathroom-related accidents.
- Test the water before stepping into the tub or shower to ensure it’s not too hot. Install an anti-scald valve to prevent burns should someone flush the toilet while you’re in the shower.
- Prevent slips and falls when entering and exiting the bathtub or shower by placing bathmats with anti-slip backings on the floor.
- Use a weighted shower curtain liner to help prevent water from splattering onto the floor.
- If upgrading your bathtub or shower, choose one with a textured bottom or install anti- slip strips to your existing tub or shower floor.
- Install grab bars or handles inside the shower or tub area.
- Make sure your toilet is high enough to sit on so that you can get on and off easily without needing to reach for balance. You might consider replacing one or more of yours with a comfort-height model.
- If using a step stool for your children, make sure it has a non-slip bottom.
- Inspect towel racks and other wall accessories to ensure they are securely installed in case someone needs to grab hold of one to prevent themselves from falling.
- If you have small children at home, either keep them out of the bathroom or otherwise prohibit their access to a medicine chest or closet.
- Replace all outlets near a water source with GFCI models to prevent accidental electrical shock or electrocution.
There’s a lot Connor Plumbing can do to help make your bathroom a safer environment for every member of your family. Contact us today for more information and a free new project quote.