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.