Avoiding bathroom safety hazards is really all about preparation. When you build your dream bathroom, safety often takes a back seat to decorations and pretty towels. That might be a huge mistake that could lead to dangerous situations. Here are some bathroom safety hazards that you might not have considered when building your perfect bathroom:
The Slippery Slope
Bathroom floors are commonly covered with tile and other slippery type surfaces. Purchasing some slip resistant rugs to put on the floor is one of the easiest ways to avoid a broken hip in the bathroom. Another key is to make sure they are rubber underneath, and you will find that they stick to the floor rather effectively. Adding some slip resistant decals to the inside of your tub might be a “70s fashion faux paus, but it could keep you from falling down in a very hard place. Installing grab rails can give you added slip safety, and should be reinforced with deep set screws and hold plenty of weight.
The Shattering Shower
Another bathroom hazard that many people do not think about until it is too late is shatter-proof shower doors and mirrors. Buying the type that will not shatter into shards can save you from a horrible situation in the event that you fall or lean into them too hard one day. Shatter proof is the way to go.
The Child Factor
Kids add a whole new dimension to the bathroom hazard situation. If you have kids, you need to take some extra steps to ensure your bathroom is safe. First, make sure you install a lock on the bathroom medicine cabinet and doors if they contain any of the following:
– Cleaning Materials
– Any Other Items That Might End Up In Their Mouths
The Burning Question
Have you ever been scalded by a too hot shower stream or because of a flushing toilet? If so, then you know you need a mixing valve to regulate temperature. These can be found easily by seeking out a good hardware store.
Keep the Electric Out
Needless to say, electricity and water do not mix well when it comes to human beings. Relocate those electrical appliances to someplace other than the bathroom. The minor inconvenience will be well worth living for yet another day. Keep the electric out.
“Bathroom Safety Tips”, Home Safety Council