Last Updated on December 27, 2019 by Terry Ohara
We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms and we spend a lot of time when we design them, choosing nice bathtubs or showers, faucets, vanities, etc. But what about the safety, did you think about that, well, maybe it crossed your mind. However, most of us don’t really put much thought to it. It is a little weird to think that the bathroom is the most dangerous room in our house, but this is true as most of the in house accidents that have lead to injuries have occurred in the bathroom. So it would be nice to invest in some nice safety features for your bathroom. Most of these safety tips are either free or will cost you a little, and they don’t require remodeling your bathroom, just some simple tricks to ensure your family is safe and sound at all times.
5 Safety Tips
1. Electrical Appliances
This is the first thing that you should do when you start taking measures for safety. As we all know, water conducts electricity, and I know that we are always responsible and careful, but just in case keep your hairdryer and electrical trimmer away from water. A floating shelf would do wonders about this issue.
2. Medications and Cleaning Chemicals
As most of the bathroom vanities have medicine cabinets, it is important to keep them out of reach from your children because children are always curious and want to try out new things. Next up, you should cleaning materials and chemicals out of reach as well, to avoid any accidents, it is important to leave a cabinet dedicated for your cleaning materials, as it will be safer and your bathroom will look cleaner.
3. Floor and Mats
It is extremely important to keep your bathroom floor dry and clean at all times. A wet floor may result in slips, falls, electrocution and so much more. I would suggest you mop it every time it gets a little wet to prevent accumulation. Another tip that I can give you for this purpose is buying a nonslip or slip-resistant mat, and place them in strategic places to prevent accidents, and there are a lot of options regarding the issue.
4. Water Temperature
You may not think of it as much, but most of the burning accidents happen while showering, especially in children and the elderly. Just a low temperature of 135-degrees Fahrenheit may result in third-degree burns. While some love taking hot showers children, the elderly and other people with sensitive skin, can’t take the same amount of heat, so regulate your water heaters temperature to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit at maximum, to get the best of both sides.
5. Bars and Chairs
Lastly, I would suggest you invest in some grab bars or rails around the bathtub, shower, and toilet, to prevent falling. Also, it is important to install them properly and in a very secure manner, not just them but everything in your bathroom should be very securely installed. Next up invest in a shower chair or bench, as it will prove to be very useful for children, elderly or for the times when you are injured.
Following these tips will result in a pretty safe bathroom for you and your family, however, you still need to be very careful and it is important to take your time and not rush things in the bathroom.