National Safety Month: Bathroom Safety

A bathroom may seem innocuous enough, but bathrooms are actually the sites of many accidents and injuries. Typical causes of injuries are slippery surfaces, scalding water, and the hazards of drowning and electric shock. But while bathroom injuries are common, they are also avoidable.

Bathroom Safety

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Observe the following tips for making your bathroom safer. These tips are especially important for families with elderly members and children.

Add grab bars

You can install grab bars in the shower and next to the bathtub for added protection against slippery floors. Showers, tubs, and the surfaces surrounding them tend to be very slick—and not just because of the water. Soap residue can also be very slippery.

Install a shower chair or bench

For those with balance problems, showers can be hazardous. Installing a shower chair or bench will ensure greater safety.

Adjust the water heater

Many injuries in the bathroom are caused by the scalding hot water coming out of the shower or tub faucet. Many water heaters are set at 240°F. At that temperature, the skin can burn in seconds. Try setting the water heater to a lower temperature, such as 120°F. That will allow you to enjoy warm water without the burn risk. You can also install anti-scald devices or thermostatic valves.

Child-proof your bathroom

If there are children in the house, it’s imperative to child-proof the bathroom. Adding toilet locks and tub-spout pads will reduce accidents. Insert plugs or covers into electrical outlets, and put child-locks on drawers that contain sharp items such as scissors. And remember that children can get hurt in even the best-protected bathrooms. For best results, accompany toddlers and young children when they are in the bathroom. Don’t leave children unattended in the tub.

Taking measures to safeguard your bathroom will ensure greater safety and peace of mind.