Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is another room in your house where many accidents can occur. Young children are the ones that are most prone to bathroom dangers. By observing these safety tips for the bathroom, you can protect yourself and your family from accidents in the bathroom.
Use Non-Slip Mats or Strips
Slips and falls are the most common accidents that occur in the bathroom. Avoid slips and falls by placing non-slip mats or strips on the bathroom floor in areas that may get wet, for example, in and around the bathtub and around the shower enclosures.
Install Grab Bars
To prevent more slips and falls, install grab bars in strategic areas inside your bathroom like in and around the bathtub, shower, and toilet. Most grab bars are made of stainless steel, which can also become slippery, so you may want to place rubber pads on your grab bars.
Mop Away Puddles
Clean any puddle that forms after a bath or after using the sink. This helps prevent slips and falls from wet floors as well.
Supervise Young Children
When young children use the bathroom, they must be under the supervision of an adult. This can help them stay safe, particularly when they require reaching for knobs or objects that can be out of reach. It is common for families to have stools in the bathroom when there are small children in the house. Place non-slip strips on the underside of the sidewalks to prevent them from slipping on the slippery floors of the bathroom.
Install GFCI for Electrical Outlets in Your Bathroom
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a device that helps prevent electrocution by turning off the power source of the outlet when the water comes into contact with it.
Disconnect Electrical Devices after Use
After using your dry cleaner or electric razor, or any electronic device inside the bathroom, unplug them and also replace them in the proper place.
Set Water Heater to the Proper Temperature
To prevent burns from burning with hot water, always adjust the temperature of your water heater to a moderately high temperature. When your water heater does not have a thermostat, teach and train everyone in your home to open the cold water tap first before the hot water tap.
Keep Medicine, Make-up and Cleaning Products out of the Reach of Children
When you store these things in your bathroom, be sure to store them in a place where young children cannot access. If you store them in a low bathroom cabinet, make sure to put a padlock on it.
Install Night Lights in Your Bathroom and in the Hallways Leading to Your Bathroom
Accidents can occur when you cannot see where you are going. Installing night lights in the hallway that leads to your bathroom and inside your bathroom will support safety in the bathroom. Learn more.
Clean Your Bathroom Surfaces of Things You Do Not Need
For things, you use regularly in the bathroom, provide a plate or basket to hold them. As much as possible, ensure that the sink, back of the toilet and the edge of the bathtub are clear. If you have children who bring toys to the bathroom, limit them to only two or three soft rubber toys and always keep them after the bath.
In conclusion, educate your family about the dangers in the bathroom. Be sure everybody in your home is alert to possible dangers in the bathroom. It is particularly useful to point out the critical danger points for young children. Understanding why we should all observe bathroom safety tips can guarantee the cooperation of the whole family to keep our bathrooms accident free.