Of all the places that prompt concern for your family’s safety, none should be higher on your list than your bathroom. Countless bathroom accidents are reported every year with children and elderly being the most susceptible victims.
Luckily, many of these accidents can be prevented. From electrical shocks to burns, slips, and falls, learn how to keep your loved ones safe with these important safety precautions.
- Test the water before stepping into the tub or shower to make sure it’s not too hot. Install an anti-scald valve to prevent burns should someone flush the toilet while you’re in the shower.
- Prevent slips and falls when entering and exiting the bathtub or shower by placing bathmats with an anti-slip backing on the floor.
- Use a weighted shower curtain liner to help prevent water from splattering onto the floor.
- If upgrading your bathtub or shower, choose one with a textured bottom or install anti- slip strips to your existing tub or shower floor.
- Install grab bars or handles inside the shower or tub area.
- Make sure your toilet is high enough to sit on so that you can get on and off easily without needing to reach for balance.
- If using a step stool for your children, make sure it has a non-slip bottom.
- Make sure towel racks and other wall accessories are securely installed so that they don’t fall and cause an injury.
- Minimize moisture build up on slippery tile floors by cracking open the window or turning on the exhaust fan while showering or bathing.
- Make sure all outlets in the bathroom are grounded to prevent electrical shock.
There’s a lot Baylor Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can do to help make your bathroom a safer environment not just for the elderly or children, but every member of your family. Contact us today for more information and a free new project quote.