When designing your bathroom, always keep safety in mind. There are always ways to make your bathroom more safe for yourself, your family, and guests. Many household accidents do happen in the bathroom so do your part to make sure that the risk is minimal in your home. Take a look at these tips to increase the safety in every corner of your bathroom.
Avoid Slippery Spots:
Tile often covers your bathroom floor and they can become incredibly slippery when water hits them. Avoid slick and glossy tiles. Instead, try to include grout lines which will increase traction. For this reason, stick with smaller tile. If you do want larger tile, chose stone or ceramic that have been designed with a little traction.
Give Yourself a Hand:
Include grab bars in critical areas of your bathroom. There should be one near the toilet and especially in the bathroom. These bars don't have to look cold and sterile. There are plenty of finishes and colors to chose from and you are certain to find one that blends in perfectly with your bathroom.
Many water heaters are turned to temperatures that are unnecessary. Reduce your risk of being burned in your bathroom by keeping your heater at 120 degrees. If you are remodeling your bathroom, consider installing faucets and showerheads that have a water temperature preset that will keep your family safe.
Avoid Sharp Corners:
Sharp corners should be avoided in several areas in the bathroom. Make sure that as many surfaces as possible are rounded, including around the shower and vanity where falls are most likely to happen.
One of the best ways to avoid bathroom accidents is to be proactive about safety. Wipe up any spills and don't keep electrical appliances plugged in next to water. Add mats to your bathroom and nightlights if you need them. As long as you try to think of problems before they become evident, you are well on your way to keeping your bathroom accident free.
Even if you think your bathroom is perfectly safe, take a look at these bathroom designs with safety as a main design element.
Adding some extra steps to your bathtub can help avoid falls when either entering or exiting the bathtub. Just make sure that the materials used on the step are incredibly slip resistant. The tile floor also has grout lines, which help to improve traction even when wet. The vanity does not have sharp edges that stick out and the bathroom is very well lit to prevent problems at night.
A Walk In Shower:
A walk in shower is a great option when thinking about safety. With no ledges to trip over, falling in the shower will be rare. Just be sure that the tile surrounding the shower is slip resistant and free of debris. The bathtub also has a grip bar to help individuals get in and out safely.
Precautions to Take:
This bathroom design is stunning but it should be noted that a submersed bathtub like this can cause problems for families, especially with elderly members or young children. If you do decide to have a submersed bathtub in your home, make sure that people have assistance getting in and out if needed to prevent serious problems.
This bathtub has virtually no sharp corners, should someone fall getting in and out. There is also a large grab bar that can be used if needed. Make sure that you are always nearby if someone who is using the bathtub may need help getting in and out.
This bathtub has a couple of grab bars that could come in handy if someone needed them. There is also a shower curtain nearby. If you have a shower curtain around your shower or bathtub, make sure that it is secure. If someone were to fall, they might instinctively grab out for the curtain and risk even further injury if it were to come down.
If anything, your bathroom should have mats to step on when getting out of the shower or bathtub. This will prevent water damage on the floor but more importantly prevent falls if your tile is a little more on the slippery side.
Bathroom accidents do not have to be an occurrence in your bathroom. If you make smart choices with your surfaces and fixtures and also keep family members informed on how to be safe in the bathroom, your home should remain accident free.