The National Safety Council has identified the following seven leading causes of injury in homes and communities:
- Motor vehicles
- Choking and suffocation
- Fires & burns
- Natural and environmental incidents
When you examine this list carefully, one conclusion is inescapable: at least 3 of them can be traced to the bathroom: poisoning, falls, and drowning. That doesn’t mean these are the only places such accidents can occur, but it does make the bathroom especially likely to be the scene of harm for family members, young children, and the elderly in particular.
Here’s just some of what you can do to help make your bathroom a safer environment:
- Replace your current showerhead with a handheld model. That eliminates the need to turn around in the tub or shower to wash both sides of your body, thus decreasing your chances of falling.
- Add grab bars in and near your shower or tub for more secure entering and exiting.
- Ask us about the added safety of an anti-scald shower valve. With one installed, a sudden drop in cold water pressure won’t allow the hot water in your shower to spike to a level that can burn your skin and cause you to slip and fall from the sudden shock of it all.
- If you’re dealing with arthritis or anything else that impedes movement, you also could benefit from a comfort height toilet. As the name suggests, they’re higher off the ground than standard toilets, thus making it easier to seat yourself and get back up again. For even greater safety around the toilet, once again consider installing one or more grab bars.
- Since many falls are caused by stepping onto a slippery floor with wet feet, it makes perfect sense to use a rubber mat inside the tub or shower and a rubber-backed rug just outside it.
- Your bathroom should be adequately lit during the day. At night, put a nightlight on the path to the bathroom. Within the bathroom, use a nightlight, or install an illuminated switch.
- Keep medicines and other toxic substances well out of reach of small children. If necessary, keep them locked up or locate them somewhere else they can’t get at.
Here at Plumbtastic, there’s a great deal we can do to improve bathroom safety on all fronts. Contact us today for an on-site consultation and proposal.