However, hundreds of thousands of people are injured each year in their bathroom. In fact, it is statistically the most dangerous room in the home. Even more so than the kitchen, which is difficult to understand since the kitchen is where the knives and hot surfaces are.
But, in the bathroom people let their guard down about safety, and that is when accidents happen. Not thinking about what accidents could happen actually influences the probability that an accident will happen. It is important to think about safety at all times, regardless of which room of the house you are in.
Here are some dos and don’ts for bathroom safety in your home:
- Do install bathmats to improve the traction of your bathroom flooring. If you can, install non-slip flooring for a no-maintenance approach to safety. When non-slip flooring gets wet, it doesn’t get slippery so, you never have to worry about a slip and fall accident.
- Do Not leave children unattended in the bathtub. January is National Bath Safety and calls attention to the safety of children in the bathroom. It is possible to drown in just a few inches of water, and small children are especially at risk as their balance is not as stable as adults. Never leave your children in the bathtub unattended, even if only for a short period of time.
- Do install safety bars to improve the stability of the shower when getting in and out. When you step into or out of the shower, you are on one foot and one of your feet is on a wet and slippery surface. Most of us aren’t even aware when we are stepping into the shower, but this is the time when you are most vulnerable to a slip and fall accident.
- Do Not put shampoo and soap on ledges or shelves in the shower. Instead add a shower caddy to keep all items organized and out of the reach of children. A bottle of shampoo that is sitting on a ledge in the shower could fall over and drip shampoo onto the shower floor. This will create and extremely slippery and unsafe condition when hot water hits it and the next person steps in.
Bathroom safety is not just for young children and the elderly. It is important that everyone be thoughtful of safety in the bathroom. Because it is the smallest room in the home, there is a higher chance of head injury in the case of a slip and fall accident, and that should be a concern for everyone.