We may not realize it but some of the common daily tasks that we take care of in the wash room, although may seem like a breeze to us, can actually be quite tricky and hazardous for those who are aging. Then there are the little ones that are constantly exploring, and as soon as you turn your back for one second have managed to get into something they probably shouldn’t have. Because more accidents and injuries happen in the bathroom than any other room in the house, it is highly important to modify it for those young and old sharing the space.
Whether you’re ‘doing it yourself’ or hiring a professional, here are some quick bathroom renovation tips for each part of the bathroom that can make it safer and easier to use.
6 Tips to Make Your Bathroom Safer
- Bathtub & Shower: Slips and falls are probably the number one most reported hazard in the bathroom. To make bathing safer, purchase a rubber suction-grip mat, or you can put down an adhesive nonskid tape on the tub/shower floor. Include a shower bench, so user can sit and bathe instead of standing.
Install a walk-in shower that doesn’t require climbing into a tub, or sunken tubs that can be stepped down into, similar to entering a swimming pool. Both of these innovations eliminate that precarious wobble over the rim of a tub.
- Bathroom Flooring – To avoid slipping on a bathroom floor, a simple fix is to get non-skid bath rugs for the floors. If you would like to put in a new floor get slip-resistant tiles, rubber or vinyl flooring is quite slip free as well, or install wall-to-wall carpeting.
- Handle bars – Prove for extra support when sitting and standing for those 60 and older by hiring a professional to install handle bars or grab bars next to the toilet, and one in the shower as well.
- Lighting – Good lighting is also very important as many may use to bathroom in the night, so install the highest wattage bulbs allowed for your fixtures and get a plug-in nightlight that automatically turns on when the room gets dark.
- Adjust the water temperature– Too hot water can also be very dangerous for those who can’t adjust the temperature properly. Note that most home water heaters are set to 140, which is well more than the needed amount. Setting the temperature below 120 degrees is a safer setting can help prevent any serious burns from hot water injury.
Also observe the type of faucets you have installed. Lever type temperature controls are recommended over knob style, as knobs can be slippery and harder for those with a weak grip to turn off. For children, avoid having too low controls in the shower and bathtub that they can be reach for and played with when you are not watching.
- Door knob safety – Most bathroom doors can be locked from the inside for added privacy. As this is usually a nice feature, avoid door knobs that don’t also have a key entry from the outside. If there was ever an incident or emergency where someone was locked in but couldn’t get out, you’ll need a way to enter and assist. Make sure to keep the key somewhere easily accessible.
- Supply Cabinets – Never leave small children unattended in the bathroom. If you happen to have children around it is highly recommended to install storage spaces above and well out of their reach. Don’t put any cleaning chemicals or toiletries in low cabinets where children could get into and keep hair dryers and razors in higher cabinet spaces.
Following these 7 easy tips and guidelines will certainly help make your bathroom safer. And be sure to contact your local bathroom renovation experts if you have more questions about design and safety concerns.