Some of you may have thought that the kitchen would be the most dangerous room with the sharp objects and fire hazards but think again….As you can see it is the bathroom. According to the CDC there are daily injuries and hospital visits that result from bathroom injuries. Some can be quite serious such as drownings, electrocutions and falls. While everyone needs to be careful during their bath routines, bathrooms can be especially hazardous for kids and the elderly. Statistics show that kids injure themselves most around the bathtub while seniors report the most injuries while getting on or off the toilet. The CDC reports that most injuries do occur while bathing or showering due to a slip, trip and fall injuries.
Here are some things you can do to decrease the likelihood of bathroom injuries:
- Be sure to use a nightlight both on the path into and inside of the bathroom at night.
- Be sure to keep the tub clean so there is no slippery soap residue
- Place grab bars and rails around the shower, bath and toilet in homes of the disabled or elderly. Also make sure these are installed properly to provide balance and support
- Use mats that are non-slip and secure any lose throw rugs with rubber backing
- Anchor towel racks to the wall, they are not meant to, but often do support full body weight
- Keep the floor dry
- If your toilet is low, consider getting an extender or higher toilet to make it easier to get up and down
- Adjustable shower heads can be a good idea to get it the right height to minimize movements in shower
- Bath and shower seats are a good idea so you’ll have a place to sit down(or for ladies to shave)
- For the elderly, install baths with a lower side or a walk- in tub
- Also be careful of shower doors which are not meant to hold body weight and can cause injury if they come off of their tracks
- Don’t rush, take your time. If you are in a hurry you are more likely to fall
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