You must have assumed that the most dangerous room in a house is the kitchen due to the sharp knives and hot stoves. However, the report of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is about to prove you wrong. According to a 2011 report most of the accidents in a house occurs from bathroom falls. People were susceptible to falling in and around the shower, toilet or the bathroom. You are more likely to die from a bathroom slip than a kitchen accident! This is simply why you must have safety rails for bathrooms.
Who are prone to bathroom slips?
lStudies show that women are more susceptible to the risk of falling. This is because they have a lesser bone mass which leads to decreased body strength.
lIf you have elderly people living with you, you must be more careful! They can easily get serious injuries like bone dislocation from falling.
lIf you have been sitting for a long time on the toilet, make sure you stand up slowly. If not, you can fall due to dehydration that leads to a quick drop in the blood pressure. This causes a feeling of dizziness or lightheadedness that will momentarily stun you.
Make sure you install safety rails for bathrooms so that you don’t use unstable fixtures like doors or towel stands for grip. If you have installed them properly, you will have something to hold on if you slip. You can choose the texture and style according to your height and weight.
If your bathroom has regular tiles, you can go in for the nonslip tiles. You can approach the store to understand which type would suit your bathroom the best.
If you have a dry bathroom flooring, you can get anti-skid mats that will stay in place.
If you or any of your family members sis unsteady on the feet, then use a shower seat which has rubber tips on the bottom.
In case you didn’t know, there is a toilet called the “comfort height” toilet. These toilets are about 2 inches higher than the normal toilets. This makes it easier to get on or get off these toilets.
Slippery floors are the leading cause of bathroom slips. So make sure you throw on some rugs which have been fixed securely with double-sided tapes.
lAttaching a weighted shower curtain will ensure that water does not leak onto the floor and keep it dry.
lEnsure that your bathroom is “lit”. During the day time, there must be adequate light from outside. For nighttime use, a well placed light bulb should do the trick.
If you follow these guidelines, you are sure to have lesser bathroom slips. Remember, always take your time in the bathroom. If you rush, you are likely to fall.