Did you know that your bathroom could be one of the most dangerous rooms in your home? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 235,000 people each year sustain injuries within the bathroom. It makes sense though. The risk of slipping on your tiled bathroom floor is definitely present. Some people may think that the injuries sustained in the bathroom only happen to the elderly. But actually, anybody can experience a fall in the bathroom. So, in an attempt to limit the number of injuries sustained in the bathroom, here are a few tips to help keep you safe.
Non-slip Bath Mats
We know that getting in and out of the shower can easily cause water to drip onto the floor. To prevent the risk of water on the floor and to prevent falls, simply place a non-slip bath mat on the floor. It is recommended that your place a mat near your bath tub/shower, your toilet, and your sink.
Installing hand rails within the bathroom will greatly reduce the chance of falls, especially in the elderly. The best places to install them is in the tub/ shower area, and near the toilet. Placing the rails in these places helps the elderly to ambulate from a sitting position to a standing position safely.
Move Cleaning Supplies
Every year thousands of children are poisoned by ingesting cleaning supplies that is easily within reach. And often times, people leave there cleaning supplies in low cabinets within their bathroom. By simply placing cleaning supplies high up in a cabinet or a closet removes the risk of children becoming poisoned. If for some reason you cannot put your cleaning supplies somewhere else, be sure to place child safety locks on the cabinets that have chemicals.
We have many electronics that are meant to be used in the bathroom: curling irons, electric razors, hair dryers, etc. Often times they are simply left plugged in for sake of convenience. It is important that these electronics are unplugged. Leaving any electronic device plugged in within the bathroom can result in and electrical short, fires, or burns.