How to Prevent a Bathroom Slip-and-Fall Accident
You start and end your day in the same room: the bathroom. As a space that’s central to your everyday routines, it should feature fixtures that align with your needs and preferences. For those planning to age in place, safety is one of the most emphasized bathroom qualities. The importance of bathroom safety can’t be overstated. It’s estimated that more than one million people end up in the emergency room every year as a result of slip-and-fall accidents, and many of these incidents occur in a bathroom. To minimize the risk of a bathroom accident for you or a loved one, consider these tips.
Changes You Can Make Now
When it comes to improving bathroom safety, delaying upgrades is never the answer; you deserve to feel safe as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can quickly begin to improve the comfort and safety of your bathroom yourself! Here are some changes that you can make today:
- Add toilet rails or grab bars
- Buy non-slip mats (not basic throw rugs that can slide around)
- Install better lighting
- Make sure the lighting and plumbing controls are easily reachable
- Purchase a handheld showerhead
- Cushion all sharp edges with adhesive guards
- Keep essential items in a caddy
- Run an exhaust fan when showering/bathing
Above all, keep your bathroom floors clear, clean, and dry. Moisture is expected in bathrooms, but it’s also the leading cause behind most bathroom-related slips and falls. Trapped, excess moisture will leave surfaces slippery, causing mold and mildew growth which can pose safety and health risks. Regularly cleaning your shower system or bathtub as well as running an exhaust fan can help prevent this unsightly and dangerous growth.
The Bigger & Better Bathroom Remodeling Solution
Cleaning your slippery shower or bathtub is an important responsibility that very few homeowners enjoy. It can also put you at risk of a slip-and-fall accident. If you find yourself trapped by this double-edged sword, consider replacing your traditional tub/shower combination with an acrylic no-threshold or low-threshold shower. These walk-in systems are strategically designed to remove bathroom obstacles, like a high tub ledge or raised threshold, making the space easier to access. They are also incredibly easy to clean thanks to their antimicrobial material.
Safety-Enhancing Bathing Solutions From BathWraps
Bathroom safety is an area of emphasis at BathWraps. That’s why we manufacture affordable bathroom safety equipment for individuals who are concerned about slip-and-fall accidents. Our selection includes:
- Roll-in (no-threshold) showers
- Low-threshold showers
- Quick-drain tubs
- Grab bars
- Shower seating
Additionally, our products are incredibly easy to clean and maintain, featuring Silver Shield™ Antimicrobial Protection that helps prevent pesky mold and mildew growth. They can also be installed in as little as one day, so you won’t be inconvenienced for several days or weeks at a time.
Contact BathWraps today to learn more about our safety-enhancing bathroom solutions and how we help customers enjoy a better bathing experience. When you call, we’ll be happy to direct you to an authorized BathWraps dealer in your area.