Each year, more than 230,000 people go to the emergency room after bathroom slip and fall accidents. While the vast majority of these slip and fall injuries are sustained in and around bathtubs, as people age, these slip and falls are far more likely to result in severe injuries – like broken bones and head injuries.
To reduce the risks of a bathroom slip and fall and keep your family safe, below are some bathroom safety basics to review and keep in mind.
Bathroom Safety Basics
Never leave any water sitting in your tub – Of course, water will be in your tub when you shower, draw a bath and/or bathe. Once these tasks are done, however, never leave water sitting in your tub. Sitting water not only presents a drowning hazard for little ones, but it also will etch your tub’s lining, damaging your tub. If your tub is slow to drain, it may be time for a drain cleaning (or drain repair).
- Place a mat outside of your tub or shower – Getting in and out of the shower can be risky for anyone, especially if their balance is slightly off. You can reduce this risk by simply putting a carpeted mat outside of your tub/shower. You may even consider installing a grip outside of your tub/shower so that your family members have something to hold onto, helping them maintain their balance as they get into and out of the tub/shower unit.
- Consider installing a non-slip liner in your tub – If you have a few small children or aging loved ones who regularly use your bathtub, having a professional install a non-slip liner can be a smart move, as it will provide further traction in the tub, enhancing shower time safety for everyone.
- Childproof your bathroom if necessary – This can include plugging outlets with flat, plastic outlet protectors, putting cabinet-locking mechanisms inside of lower bathroom cabinets and/or adding a faucet cover to the faucets in your bathroom. These are all relatively affordable fixes that can be easily removed later – and that can keep your curious little ones out of trouble in the bathroom.
Ready to Install a Non-Slip Liner in Your Tub and/or Get Your Bathtub Refinished?
When you are ready to take the next step in safety by having a non-slip liner installed on your tub – or when you want to update the look and feel of your tub via bathtub refinishing, it’s time to contact the experienced professionals at Colorado Tub Repair.
In theme with our bathtub safety focus this month, in this blog, we’ll highlight some safety tips for bathing toddlers.
How to Keep Your Toddler Safe during Bath Time
Prepare the tub before bath time starts – Make sure that you have everything necessary for bath time before your child is in the tub so that you never have to be more than arm’s reach from your child once bath time begins. So, be sure that the soap, washcloths, bath toys and even drying towel are all by the tub before you even start to fill it up.
- Put away all possibly hazardous items – Do you have glass containers by the tub? Or do you keep things like hairdryers (or other electronics) near the tub? If so, make sure all of these items are put away – far from the tub – so that they won’t tempt your curious little one during bath time.
- Have your safety items ready – If your toddler is smaller in size or you simply feel better about using certain safety items during bath time, then have these ready before filling up the bath tub also. Such items can include (but may not be limited to) plastic tubs or seats for your little one or even a removable grip for him or her to hold onto.
- Test the waters – As you fill the bathtub, be sure that the temperature is just right for your little one. Also, never fill the tub higher than about waist high on your child (when (s)he would be sitting in the water).
- Get ready for bath time play – Now you are ready for a safe and fun bath time with your toddler! Stay engaged the entire time your child is in the tub, playing with him or her and not leaving the tub/bathroom until bath time is over (and the tub is completed drained).
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Is your tub showing signs of damage and age? If so, it may be time for bathtub refinishing to revitalize your tub (before you consider replacing it). Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
Bath time can be a fun time for small children, but a tub full of water may not always be the safest place for them. While you can go out and buy some safety items, as we pointed out in our last blog, you may also be able to use some common items you already have in your home to keep your kids safe as they bathe.
Try These Items to Keep Kids Safe during Bath Time
For infants – Place infants in a smaller plastic tub with some hand towels added on one side for back and head support. While you can place these smaller tubs in your bathtub, you may also be able to use them in your sink, which can be a better option for newborns/smaller babies.
- For toddlers – When smaller children are able to sit upright on their own, place them in a laundry basket with lower sides. This will keep them sitting up while allowing them to still splash around and play with toys. It will prevent them from lying down/falling backwards in the tub. When choosing a laundry basket to use for bath time, be sure to select one that is more heavy duty, as flimsy one won’t offer any support/protections (and, instead, will more likely fall over).
- For children – As children grow out of the toddler stage and start learning how to shower on their own, use hand towels in the tub to prevent slipping – and to help them learn how to safely bathe. Avoid using non-slip appliques or stay-in-tub bathmats, as these will trap water and soap on the lining of your tub, etching away at its surface and damaging your tub.
If you do use any of these household items to promote bath safety for your children, be sure to do the following once bath time is over so that your tub isn’t unnecessarily damaged:
- Remove the items from the tub after bath time.
- Rinse the tub out, particularly in the area where the item was sitting during the bath.
- Let the tub fully dry out.
Bath Safety for Teens
When children turn into teenagers, instead of using common household items to prevent tub accidents, it may be time to install a non-slip lining in a bathtub for some extra traction.
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If your tub is already damaged, bathtub refinishing may be your best option for updating the look and feel of your tub. Contact us today to get a free quote for bathtub refinishing – or for installing a non-slip lining in your tub. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or click here for an estimate. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
A slip and fall in a full tub can hurt nearly anyone – but it can be deadly to children, especially younger and smaller children. This is scary to think about, but the good news is that there are a number of products out there that can keep your kids safe in the tub, prevent falls and make bath time a fun, stress-free ritual for everyone.
Consider Using these Items to Keep Your Kids Safe as They Bathe
1 – Removable handles
The great thing about these handles is that they can be applied exactly where your little ones (or bigger kids) can safely reach them. This allows your kids to hold onto these handles as necessary when bathing or showering. These grips can help kids keep their balance, especially as they close their eyes to rinse their hair/faces.
Another great thing about these handles is that you can remove them after use so they won’t trap water on your tub (and so you can clean beneath them, etc.).
2 – Removable non-slip mats
These mats can be placed in tubs for kids to sit or stand on as they bathe. As with removable grips/handles, these non-slip mats can be taken out of tubs after use, preventing water from getting trapped on the surface of the tub (and starting to damage it).
Here, we want to point out, however, that if these mats will not be taken out of the tub, they should NOT be used. This is because leaving them in tubs day in and day out WILL damage your tub.
3 – Non-slip liners
If you want a more permanent solution to preventing falls in your tub, a good option is to install a nonslip liner over the surface of your tub. Having a professional do this can be key to ensuring that the liner is properly laid down so that it will really protect your tub – and look nice – for years to come.
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If your tub is already damaged or is older, don’t replace it just yet! Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing estimate. You can get this quote today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.