Unbeknownst to many people, one of the more dangerous parts of the home is actually where you’re supposed to enjoy your most private moments: the bathroom. Dangers could be lurking in unregulated bad heaters, poor room ventilation, and most commonly, slippery bathroom tiles. Hence, we try to look at some things you can do right now to help make bath time a safer experience for kids and vulnerable seniors.
One thing you can install right now inside your bathroom are handlebars. It’s especially helpful for senior citizens who might have trouble keeping their balance. If you’ve ever found yourself in a pickle trying to sit on the toilet or getting up off it (maybe you have an injured knee, a bad back, etc.), then not only are handle bars appropriate for you in that they keep you safe, and help you heal better by not stressing your injuries further.
Especially in tropical countries, bathrooms could potentially amplify ambient heat if the air isn’t allowed to properly circulate. That, compounded by how high blood pressure seems to be associated with constipation that could make people strain while passing a hard stool, is a potential recipe for a stroke or heart attack. Install exhaust systems to make sure the air isn’t drafty, that the heat cycles out, and to help keep the bathroom smelling fresh.
Bathroom tiles make up the majority of your bathroom and play an important role in keeping you safe. They are actually your primary focus when it comes to slip & falls. Choose tiling appropriately. Brushed or textured finish granite, travertine & limestone have a high rate of friction which makes them safe whether for wet or dry areas.
You can make your bathroom safe even with using just general implements. You can start by putting in a non-slippery rug, which you can wipe the floor with, to keep a bathroom’s dry area dry. Also, add a rubber mat for the wet area to decrease the chances of slippage. To take it a step further, improve the layout of your bathroom to keep electrical equipment away from water, make items easily accessible (add a medicine cabinet, to boot), and make sure the door swings outward so that it’s easier to access in case of emergencies and someone falls behind the door.
Around 200,000 people get injured inside the bathroom yearly and it all could be prevented by being constantly vigilant and having the proactivity to modify the layout, the bathroom tiles, the water amenities, and the logistics of our bathroom to have safer features.