We have all heard that most accidents in the home occur in the bathroom. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 235,000 people over the age of 15 come to emergency rooms with injuries that happened in the bathroom, and 14% of them, almost 33,000 people, are hospitalized. Injuries increase with age, and for all ages, the most accident-prone activities were bathing, showering, and getting out of the tub or shower.
But there are things that we can do to make the bathroom a safer area for people. According to an article Make Bathrooms Safer, Easier to Use by All by Eddie Leverett, general contractor, “In the shower, flip-up seats, grab bars, and hand-held shower heads on a vertical slider are conveniences that serve people with a range of abilities. A seat offers a place to rest or a safer way to trim toenails or shave legs than trying to perform those tasks while leaning against a shower wall or bending down with one foot propped up on the shower curb.”
Another way to make your bathroom safer is to make sure there is good traction underfoot. According to Better Homes and Gardens we should stay away from slick, glossy tiles on bathroom floors. Grout lines increase traction, so smaller floor tile is usually best, especially inside a shower. There are also larger stone or ceramic floor tiles that are designed with a little extra grit, making them a safe option for bathroom floors.
Many universal design features that make a bath wheelchair-accessible can also make it safer and more comfortable for everyone. Step-free entries and curbless showers with a bench allow someone to roll a wheelchair in and bathe. Toilets can be replaced with ADA-approved raised-height models to lessen the chance of a harsh fall. A comfort-height toilet model should be selected that’s 2″ higher than normal and easier to transfer onto from a wheelchair; a wall-flush valve makes flushing easier.
Check temperature settings on water heaters. Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 110 or 120 degrees Farenheit. All hot water outlets in sinks, showers, and tubs should have antiscald devices installed to prevent burns.
Your bathroom can be modified or redesigned to fit your own specific needs. Let Bath Fitter help you make your bathroom a safer place for all.
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