Jan 05 , 2017
House Doctors Recognizes National Bath Safety Month
Did you know that January is National Bath Safety Month? With the busy holiday season behind us, we know that many families are now thinking about ways to upgrade and improve the safety of their homes. Every room of the house should be a safe and comfortable space for your family, but the bathroom especially needs high-quality care and maintenance. Homeowners often neglect bath safety, but it is a crucial part of a healthy and hazard-free household. In honor of National Bath Safety Month, we’ve put together our best tips to keep your bathroom safe all year long!
Install the Right Equipment
Showers and bathtubs are safest when outfitted with grab bars for stability and balance. Elderly people especially benefit from a sturdy handle to help them maneuver in and out of tubs and showers. Grab bars are easily installed, and can be styled to blend seamlessly with your bathroom. Slips and falls can also be prevented by applying non-slip gripping to the bottom of your tub or floor of your shower, or by using a removable, waterproof textured mat. For the outside of your shower or bathtub, be sure to place an absorbent rug or towel to avoid slipping on tile while stepping out of the bath with wet feet.
Teach Good Bath Safety Habits
Many young children enjoy bathtime, but this routine activity can turn dangerous if they are left unattended. When your child is in the bathtub, make sure you are always able to see them. Drowning risks exist even in a very shallow bath. It is also a good idea to place childproof covers on any bathroom outlets within a child’s reach. And, of course, never leave any bathroom appliances such as hair dryers, straightening irons, or electric razors plugged in near a bathtub.
Good bath safety happens outside of the tub and shower, too. To avoid slips on the floors of your bathroom, clean up any powder or lotion spills as soon as possible. These spills can leave slippery residue, causing a fall hazard. Cords and clothing can be tucked away in drawers, hampers, or organizational bins to keep clutter off the floor.