Did you know that bathrooms are considered to be one of the most dangerous rooms in your home? While accidents cannot always be prevented, you can help reduce the risk of a bathroom-related injury by taking a few proactive steps to improve your bathroom’s safety.
This guide will help you identify risks and give you actions to take to make your bathroom safer for your family.
The risk of injury in bathrooms
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 235,000 nonfatal bathroom injuries among people 15 and over were treated in the US in 2008 alone. Of those injuries, 13.7% were hospitalized for treatment.
The same study shows that 37.3% of the injuries occurred while bathing, showering or getting out of the tub, while 14.1% occurred when using the toilet.
Elderly people face the highest risk of sustaining an injury in the bathroom. More than one in three seniors fall every year, and 80% of these falls happen in the bathroom, where seniors are at high risk for injury.
Ways to improve bathroom safety
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to make your bathroom safer, many of which are quick and affordable fixes!
1. Prevent slips and falls
Preventing slips and falls is the number one thing you can do for improving bathroom safety. We recommend using non-slip surfaces wherever possible in your bathroom. This should include bath mats, floor tiles, and the material used in your shower and bathtub. At Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions, acrylic is our material of choice, which is naturally slip-resistant.
2. Keep it clean
When soap scum builds up in your tub or shower, it becomes slippery and dangerous. We know that cleaning the bathroom is not a fun chore, but wiping away soap scum can not only help your bathroom look clean and sparkling but it can help prevent a terrible accident as well. Luckily, the acrylic we use is also very easy to keep clean!
3. Add safety features to your existing space
We understand that a complete bathroom remodel is not always an option. Consider installing safety features like shower seats, safety rails, and grab bars to make bathing safer for every member of the family.
4. Don’t forget about the toilet
It can be difficult for those with mobility issues to properly use low toilet seats, putting their safety at risk every day. Consider adding an elevated toilet seat or adding toilet safety rails to your space to make it easier for your loved ones to use the toilet safely.
5. Enhance your lighting
Poor lighting can make it hard to move around in the bathroom, particularly at night. Keep your bathroom well lit and take advantage of night lights so it’s easier to see, no matter the time of day.
6. Adjust your water heater
The first thing that typically comes to mind when thinking of bathroom safety is the risk of slipping or falling, but if your water is too hot, you’re also at risk of getting a serious burn. Set the temperature of your water heater to below 130°F, as temperatures higher than that could result in third-degree burns.
7. Keep chemicals out of reach
Store toxic and dangerous cleaning chemicals in a locked cabinet or a high shelf that is inaccessible to young children. This can be an overlooked area of bathroom safety, but it’s important to double check that all poisonous chemicals are safely secured.
8. Update your outlets
If you have an older home, consider replacing your outlets with GFCI outlets. According to Networx, “The 2014 National Electric Code mandates installation of GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) protection on new or replacement outlets in all areas of the home close to a water source.”
How Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions can help make your bathroom safer
At Herl’s, we proudly offer a number of services to make your bathroom safer for an affordable price.
9. Convert your tub to shower
You may come to realize that you no longer need a bathtub in your home and that a shower would give you the freedom to bathe more easily. We can convert your existing tub into a shower for a safer and more convenient bathing experience at an affordable price.
We know that climbing over a tub wall can be dangerous, which is why our low-threshold shower options are perfect for those with limited mobility.
10. Opt for a walk-in tub to increase your bathroom’s safety
Do you love the idea of having a tub to soak in, but worry about the dangers that come along with a traditional bathtub? Then a walk-in tub may be just what you need. Equipped with a fully sealed door, you can easily open and step into your walk-in tub without fear of tripping or leaking water.
Soaking in a tub has many therapeutic benefits and walk-in tubs have more space for soaking than traditional tubs. Our walk-in tubs come with a built-in seat that is so comfortable, you may never want to leave.
Choose a contractor who knows a thing or two about bathroom safety
We’ve been serving the Delmarva Peninsula since 1991, with a special focus on improving bathroom safety for every member of the family. We have been named as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), meaning we are uniquely qualified to remodel bathrooms specifically for the elderly and others with limited strength, flexibility, and mobility.
All of the work we complete is done by factory-trained professionals, each of whom has at least 125 prior installation jobs to his or her name. This gives our customers peace of mind that their project will be done right, the first time, within the timeline and budget that is scoped.
Ready to make your bathroom safer?
We invite you to visit one of our two showrooms so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our team members about your specific bathroom needs. It will also give you the chance to see our high-quality products in person, allowing you to pick the materials that fit your design aesthetic.
If visiting our showrooms doesn’t fit with your schedule, we can come to you! Schedule a free in-home consultation today to set up an appointment with our team members in the comfort of your own home. We can’t wait to help you turn your bathroom into a beautiful and safe space for your family.