According to the National Safety Council, approximately 70% of all accidents occurring in the home happen in the bathroom – accounting for nearly 200,000 accidents each year. While it is difficult to eliminate risks entirely, you can make your bathroom safer for the whole family by following a few simple steps:
1) CHOOSE A TEXTURED FLOOR
The splash of taking a bath often leads to slippery surfaces. For flooring, eliminate slick materials such as porcelain and granite in favor of choices with more texture. If ceramic is a must, look for certified slip resistant options. When in doubt, opt for smaller bathroom tiles; more grout lines mean better traction.
2) MAKE IT LEVEL
You don’t need a large walk-in shower to get one with a low threshold. Trips can be as dangerous as slips, so a safer shower pan that is level with the floor, makes it easy to step inside.
3) GET A GRIP
Installing grab bars in the shower and next to the tub is a good idea for everyone,
but especially for those looking to stay in their homes as they age.
Most come in a variety of designs and finishes.
4) KEEP KIDS IN MIND
There are locks for every style of cabinet or drawer. If you have small children (or if they visit) remember to lock away medications, small electrical appliances and cleaning supplies. Above all never leave children unattended in the bath or shower.
5) DON’T GET BURNED
Water heater thermostats can be preset up to 140 degrees, a temperature that can burn sensitive skin. Reduce the risk by setting your water heater to 120 degrees. For added peace of mind, install a shower system with a digital temperature readout. Some shower heads and hand-held showers show the temperature of the water via an LED color indicator as well as a digital numerical readout.