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10 ways to make your bathroom a safer place

January 16th, 2015

No matter your age, the bathroom can be a dangerous place. According to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 370 Americans of all ages are injured the bathroom in accidents related to the tub or shower, such as slips, falls, or hot-water burns. According to the CDC, many bathroom injuries also involve standing up from or sitting down on the toilet.

 

Approximately 1 percent of accidental, nonfatal injuries happen in a bathroom for the majority of Americans. But for our aging population 65 years and older, that number jumps to 2.5 percent.

According to the CDC, the overall rate of nonfatal fall injuries that required medical attention in 2010 was 43 per 1,000 population, with those aged 75 and older having the highest rate.

To make your bathroom experience a safer one, try implementing some of these safety measures:

  • • Install grab bars inside and outside the bathtub and shower, as well as next to the toilet
  • • Use non-slip strips in your tub or shower
  • • Put a carpeted bath mat with non-skid base in areas that tend to get wet, like next to the bathtub and shower
  • • Keep the floor dry
  • • Keep nightlights on in the bathroom
  • • Install scald-prevention devices to prevent burns
  • • Keep electrical items unplugged or kept away from water sources
  • • Make sure all electrical outlets have ground fault circuit interrupters
  • • Install locks that can be unlocked from either side of the bathroom door
  • • Avoid obstacles or floor clutter, to prevent trips and falls

Other great items that can be installed for safety can be a transfer bench, tub seats/shower chairs or walk-in bathtubs, a bathing thermometer, and hand-held shower heads.

Talk to your doctor about what devices might be right for you.

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