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Make Your Bathroom a Safe Place

It’s all fun and games until someone slips and falls in the shower!  The bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in the house, and yet it can be a dangerous place.  The CDC estimates that over 200,000 people go to the emergency room every year for bathroom-related accidents.  It’s no surprise given the small floor space, hard appliances, and possibility of water on the floor.  There are, however, several easy steps you can take to ensure your restroom is a safe space.

Grab Bars:  You see them in the handicap stalls at public restrooms, but these grab bars may just have a place in your home as well.  They can be purchased at most home improvement stores and installed near the toilet or even in the shower.  It’s a quick and easy way to ensure you have something to hold onto if you slip.

Get a Little Traction:  The bottom of the tub or shower can be slippery, especially when covered in soapy water.  Consider a shower mat with suction cups to make bathing a little safer.  Measure the size of your tub to ensure a proper fit.  Smaller clings that add texture without taking up the entire shower floor are another possibility.

Fancy Up your Floor:  You don’t have to stop with a shower mat! Rugs with a non-slip backing are an excellent way to prevent slips and falls on the bathroom floor itself.  They absorb water, so you don’t have to stand on a wet surface while you’re brushing your teeth.  As an added bonus, you can change out the rugs and switch up your décor!

Have a Seat:  A shower chair can be a great addition to any tub.  While these are often used to assist those with mobility issues or injuries, they can also be helpful for regular bathing.  Get a good chair made for the purpose with non-slip feet.  If it’s something you think you would enjoy permanently, consider having a contractor install a permanent seat as part of the shower.

Check the Temp:  Although we usually think of falling as the main risk in the bathroom, scalding can be a danger as well.  Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees to prevent burns.

Ditch the Doors:  Showers doors can be dangerous if you fall against them.  Consider trading them out for a shower curtain and rod.  If you prefer the look of doors, ensure that the glass is shatterproof and that the tracks are well-maintained.

Many of these changes can be made quickly and easily.  If you decide to do an entire remodel of your bathroom, keep these points in mind to ensure the health and safety of your family.  As always, if you need help with the plumbing in your bathroom, just call A&W Plumbing!