10 Top Tips for Bathroom Safety

“When it comes to bathroom planning or renovation, a few us neglects the aspect of safety. It is not because we do not give importance to safety but because we do not have the health needs that make it essential in the planning stage. But when you have kids and elderly, that is the time that you will think of the safety aspect.”

 

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With its slippery and hard surfaces, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in your home. Case in point: In 2008 (the earliest date for which statistics are available), an estimated 234,000 nonfatal bathroom injuries occurred in the U.S. among people 15 and older, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Protect yourself and your family by following these tips.

  1. Ditch your throw rugs. These slippery floor coverings are the No. 1 cause of household falls. If you just can’t part with them in the bathroom, secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backings.
  2. Put nonslip strips, mats or tiles in your tub and shower to help prevent falls. To combat tripping, secure any loose corners on mats.
  3. Be sure to keep the tub clean to counteract slippery soap scum or mold.
  4. Keep the bathroom floor dry, making sure it has no water on it. A weighted shower curtain will help ensure that no water leaks onto the floor.
  5. Place grab bars or rails in or around the bathtub, shower and toilet. When installed properly and securely, they’ll help you balance as you stand or sit and give you something to hold on to …

 

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