Approximately 70 percent of all accidents occurring in the home happen in the bathroom, accounting for nearly 200,000 accidents each year. While it’s difficult to eliminate risks entirely, you can make your bathroom safer for the whole family. Consider these tips when planning your next bathroom update or remodel:
Avoid the Slip and Slide
The splish-splash of taking a bath often leads to a slippery floor. The easiest way to avoid this is to stay away from slick flooring materials like porcelain and granite, and look for textured choices like natural stone or slip-resistant ceramic tile for better traction. When in doubt, opt for smaller bathroom tiles. The more grout lines, the more resistance your flooring will offer.
A low threshold to your shower is ideal for avoiding accidental trips. If you don’t have the luxury of a large walk in shower, get a safe shower pan that is level with the floor to make it easy to step into your shower.
Get a Grip
Installing grab bars in the shower and next to the tub is a good idea for everyone, especially for those looking to stay in their home as they age. Before you call the style police, many of them come in a variety of designs and finishes to coordinate with any aesthetic.
If you have small children around, remember to lock away medications, small electrical appliances, and cleaning supplies. Above all, never leave children unattended in the bath or shower.
Don’t Get Burned
Water heaters can be set as high as 140 degrees F which can easily burn sensitive skin. Set yours to 120 degrees F instead and you’ll reduce your risk of injury. Take it one step further and install a shower system that provides a digital temperature read out. Regardless of age, accidents can happen to anyone. Make one or more of these simple changes to guard the safety of your family and visiting friends.