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Bathroom Safety Tips

Is your bathroom a safe place or is it hiding some potential dangers?

The idea of slipping in the tub or shower haunts many of us, and we should always take extra care when entering or exiting for bathing. But the bathroom holds plenty of other obstacles that can create an environment for potential dangers.

Light and Bright
While your personal taste may lean toward dramatic and moody, it's a fact that lighter colors are safer in a bathroom. Not only are those whiter shades going to provide assistance to the existing lighting, objects are easier to find. No stepping on sharp little earring backs - you should be able to find them quickly.

Backups for non-skid tubs and showers
Sure, the tub and shower have built-in non-skid surfaces, but how about when the shampoo and soap go cascading to the floor as you're showering? Oops - now it's a little slippery. This is, of course, one of the most dangerous areas of the bathroom. Don't take chances. Purchase an inexpensive pack of adhesive skids and apply them before it's too late. Check out the guest shower as well to make it's well-equipped.

Get a Grip
Have you tested the gripper bars? Do they slide around in their mountings or plop out when pulled on? Yes, in real life, many of them are for show. Plus, some are acrylic and are that much slicker when a wet hand is trying to grab onto something. It's easy enough to glue on a rubberized, textured handle that will also be resistant to mold and mildew.

You can also add extra gripper bars just outside the tub; they're a great aid when stepping out, but there is one caveat. Make sure there are wall studs available for mounting. Otherwise, the bars will simply pull out along with a good chunk of wall. You typically want a weight rating of 300 pounds.

Shower Power
If your shower door opens inward, it is definitely time to look at replacement. Should an individual fall inside, you would find it very hard to get the door open. Also, latches are a big no-no. Another impossible obstacle in a panic.

Space Counts
If your bathroom is small and you're constantly bumping into things such as towel racks and tissue holders, it's time to invest in some new fixtures. Recessed toilet tissue holders will make a big difference in maneuverability, especially if this area is separated from the rest of the bathroom. Purchase circular fittings - the kind that are used for decorative hand towels - and replace the racks. The flatter profile may prevent a few bumps and bruises as well.

Slippery Suckers
If you have a tile floor, you'll certainly want to utilize small bath rugs, although these are tripping hazards. Make sure the bottom side is slip-resistant. And wash them frequently to prevent bacterial growth.

Electrical Evils
Electricity and water - two evil connections. Test your bathroom outlets once a month; if the GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) fails, call an electrician pronto. Oh, your outlets don't have those little reset buttons? Call an electrician and tell him or her that you have a real problem.

 

 

 

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