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Safety In The Bathroom

Nov 30, 2007
Usually when we design and decorate our bathrooms, the things we think are the most important are the things we put in them and the way they look. This is very true and important. In many homes there will be small children, elderly folks, or disabled members of our family. Special considerations need to be made for these family members as well. Every year there are serious and even fatal accidents that occur in the bathrooms of our homes. The one thing that causes most of them are slipping and falling. Usually it is in the bathtub or shower and occurs mostly to children, elderly, and disabled people.

When we have these family members, it is for the best if we make sure we use as many safety precautions as we can to help and prevent bathroom accidents. A lot of the things that we can do really do not cost very much money or require a lot of time to install. When we place slip resistant mats in the bathtub, it is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to prevent falls.

Non slip rugs placed on the outside of the bathtub or shower will help prevent slipping on wet tile, stone, or vinyl flooring. Grab bars are also easy fixtures that can be added cheaply and easily in places where some people need help in getting up and down. They can be placed in strategic places like inside the bathtub or shower and beside the toilet. They are a great way to help prevent falling.

Placing a seat designed for bathtub or shower use in the tub or shower stall can make bathing a safer process, especially for the disabled or elderly. There are transfer benches and hydraulic or battery powered lift seats for those who can not get in or out of a bathtub alone. There are also bathtubs and showers with doors that you can open to get into them. There is no stepping over a deep side to get in. These are made for handicapped and elderly.

Scalding by very hot water in the bathtub happens to children more often than we might think. This can be so heartbreaking, especially for a parent who could probably have prevented this kind of tragedy. Faucet guards are available in child friendly faces that will completely cover the bathtub faucets. Always turn the hot water spigot off tightly and never, ever leave very small children unattended in the bathtub. There are also lid locks available for your toilet that will prevent children from putting things in them that do not belong.
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Dror Klar is an advocate and writer about senion citizen safety. learn more about his new
bathroom vanities and learn how walk in bath tubs may save a senior from being crippled or even death.
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