The bathroom is one of the most personal areas of the home. It’s where we spend a lot of time taking the pressure off the rest of the day. Unfortunately however, the bathroom can also be one of the rooms in your house with the most potential for dangerous accidents. Bathroom accidents can cause damage to your health, or it might even injure a visitor. If this happens, it’s more than just a financial problem. The majority of bathroom accidents could have been prevented with just a little bit of precaution. We have provided you with tips on how to make your bathroom safer.
Do you want to make your bathroom safer and reduce the likelihood of a bathroom-related accident?
Here’s what you should know about how common bathroom accidents happen (and how you can take just a few simple steps to stop them).
An accidental slip or fall in the bathroom is often thought of as the most common accident that can happen – and it is. But don’t forget that there are many other ways bathroom mishaps, accidents, or disasters can take place.
Leaks, electrical issues, falling showerheads, unsafe fixtures or grips, unsecured glass – and of course, falls and slips – are just some of the potential bathroom accidents that could happen to you.
It’s not meant to scare you. Instead, it’s meant to tell you why bathroom safety is important in the first place. Here are some tips to make your bathroom safer.
Leaks aren’t just inconvenient or expensive. A leak can mean weak spots in wooden floors or walls. Leaks can also lead to slipping or falling, and leaks create an environment that can breed mold leading to breathing problems.
Fix a leak immediately. A leaking toilet can also lead to spreading disease throughout the bathroom – and the same is true: Fix it!
Electrical connections such as lights, light switches or wall heaters present in a bathroom should always be examined by a professional. If you’ve never looked before, assume that it hasn’t been maintained in a while – and it could lead to an electrocution danger where wiring is improperly done or lacks maintenance.
Bathroom fixtures should be secured – and properly. Remember that these fixtures are meant for supporting a human weight (such as when getting in or out of the bath. If they can’t, they can’t be considered safe.
If you’ve just moved into a new place, it’s a good idea to double-check how secure the fixtures really are – or to replace them from the start. This way, you are sure how much weight they can take and know exactly how safe they are.
Sharp corners and slippery surfaces can present one of the biggest potential dangers in the average bathroom. Yet it’s one of the things that people who move into a new space will think about the least.
Areas like the edge of the bath and cupboards should always be secured. Double-sided table can be added to these corners to ensure that they don’t pose as much of a possible danger (even in the event of a knock or fall).
Handle potentially slippery surfaces with the addition of mats that provide enough grip. Make sure that there is also a support to grab on to close to the mat. Also, ensure that the mat isn’t able to move around or slip in any way.
Glass is a common feature in bathrooms, especially for shower doors. Always make sure that the door is fastened properly – if there’s any rattle or wiggle room for the door, then it’s not as safe as it looks and will need to be checked by an expert.
If a shower door shows any form of wear such as cracking, replace the door or face the risk of it shattering at the weak spot.
Standard glass shower doors can be replaced with other materials that are less likely to break or shatter in the event of a fall.
One of the most desirable qualities behind a relaxing bath or shower can also very dangerous: Heat.
Have you checked exactly how hot your water heater can get? Always measure this – and make sure that your water heater remains in working condition. It can often be turned either up or down on the water heater itself.
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