How to Make a Bathroom Safer

I have an important secret to tell you that most people don't know. The bathroom is one of, if not the most, dangerous rooms in your home. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over two-thirds of emergency room visits are due to injuries that occur in the bathroom.

Install a Grab Bar

The good new is that you can make your bathroom a lot safer for you and your family. Installing a grab bar is an easy way to make a bathroom safer. This will benefit multiple demographics of people including children, the handicapped, and seniors. It is important to make sure that the bar will support the weight of a person. 

Each end of the bar should be attached to a stud which is a wood structural support. Grab bars can be life savers when used in the tub and in the shower and in some cases near the toilet. Towel racks should never be used as a substitute for a grab bar. They aren't designed to take on that kind of load. There is a big difference between a 1-2 lb towel and a 150-200 lb person.

Be Careful When Using Electrical Appliances

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Electrical appliances and the wet areas of a bathtub just don't mix. This means that using electrical appliances such a space heaters, hair dryers or radios near a wet tub or shower is an absolute no-no. Serious and even fatal shock can occur when an appliance gets wet. All bathroom outlets should be equipped with GFI’s (ground fault interrupters) to prevent that possibility. GFI's are not some type of magical safety solution though. You should not mix electrical appliances with water.

 

Use a Rug

Laying scatter rugs with nonskid backings can prevent bathroom falls. You should also look to install adhesive decals or suction-backed rubber mats in tubs and showers.

Even though bathroom injuries are a frequent occurrence, they can definitely be prevented. By implementing a couple of simple safety measures you can significantly increase the chances that you and your family will remain safe. 

Bonus Tip

Here is a simple way to avoid the buildup of residue in your soap dish. Cut a thin, sponge to fit within your soap dish. The soapy film will run into the sponge instead of the dish itself therefore making clean up a matter of wringing out the sponge in the water.