Accidents can happen anywhere. Aside from road accidents, home accidents are next in the hierarchy of accidents. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 45. And though our homes are where we feel most comfortable, they’re also where many accidents happen —, especially among young children and adults. Bathrooms have slippery and hard surfaces thereby making them one of the most, dangerous places in your home. Protect yourself and your family by following these tips.
Rugs & Non-Slip Mats
These slippery floor coverings are the primary causes of household falls. If you just can't part with them in the bathroom, secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backings. This will hold them firmly to the ground and prevent slips or falls. Put non-slip strips, mats or tiles in your tub and shower to help prevent falls. To combat tripping, secure any loose corners on mats.
Keep the space clean and dry.
Be sure to keep the tub clean to counteract slippery soap scum or mold. Also, keep the bathroom floor dry, making sure it has no water on it. A weighted shower curtain will help ensure that no water leaks onto the floor.
Place grab bars or rails in or around the bathtub, shower, and toilet.
When installed properly and securely, they’ll help you balance as you stand or sit and give you something to hold on to if you do slip. They come in a variety of lengths, textures, and styles.
4. Light up the bathroom.
Your bathroom should be adequately lit during the day. At night, put a nightlight on the path to the bathroom. Within the bathroom, use a nightlight, or install an illuminated switch.
5. Equip your shower with a handheld or adjustable shower head.
You can adjust it where you want it, minimizing your movement in the shower. Also, you can use it while sitting safely on your bath seat or bench. Put a bath or shower seat or bench in the shower or tub. You'll then have a place to sit.
6. Higher elevations
If your toilet seat is low, consider buying a toilet seat extender or a toilet with a higher seat. That way you can get up safely and with less effort.
Take your time. The more you rush, the more likely you are to fall.