Bathroom Safety Guidelines for the Whole Family

The bathroom is a unique place in the home where friends and family can pause for a moment to relax and refresh. However, this at-home retreat is also known as the most dangerous room in the house. A unique combination of factors, if not properly addressed, can lead to serious injury. Be aware of the following bathroom safety concerns and how to prevent them.

The bathroom is a unique place in the home where friends and family can pause for a moment to relax and refresh. However, this at-home retreat is also known as the most dangerous room in the house. A unique combination of factors, if not properly addressed, can lead to serious injury. Be aware of the following bathroom safety concerns and how to prevent them.

Bathroom Safety Concerns

Slippery Surfaces

The bathroom is a wet place. Whether from water tracked from the shower, to messes made around the sink, to, um… puddles little ones might leave around the toilet, there are plenty of chances to slip and fall. Cut back on this risk by installing the right type of flooring. Use nonslip, textured tile, and keep a non-skid, rubber backed bathmat to use while stepping in and out of the tub. General rugs can cause people to trip or slide, should they move.

In addition, install grab bars near high-risk locations. Bathtub grab bars should be installed in wall studs, not just sheet rock, to ensure that they can support a person’s weight. Additionally, if you have elderly in your home, install grab bars around the toilet, so they can better maintain their balance and coordination when sitting and standing.Shower Bars for Bathroom Safety

Chemicals

With how many germs the bathroom can attract, it only makes sense to store cleaning products nearby, right? If you choose to do so, however, be careful to keep them out of reach of children and pets who might mistake them for a refreshing drink. Improperly mixed chemicals can also cause hazardous situations. Make sure your chemicals have secure lids, and aren’t leaking or otherwise spilling fumes into your bathroom.

Molds

The damp bathroom environment makes a natural home for molds, but some molds, especially when a person experiences long exposure, can cause severe reactions, from rashes, to breathing difficulties, and even blindness, in the event of black mold. Keep your family healthy and safe: prevent or remove mold by following these guidelines.

Medications

Medications should not be stored in the bathroom. However, many people do so anywhere. Wherever you choose to store them, keep them out of reach of children who may mistake them for candy. Additionally, place prescription medication in a secure location where curious family members, friends, or guests won’t be able to abuse its use.

Electrical Hazards

Along with the general problems of sockets curious little fingers might try to poke, the bathroom has a unique situation in that there’s often standing water near electrical appliances. When using a full tub or sink, always make sure that the electrical appliances have been unplugged and turned off. Stay aware of frayed wires that can lead to nasty shocks and become a bathroom fire hazard.

Burns

Not only can burns occur from touching hot appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers, but water, when set to too hot a temperature, can cause scalding. To prevent this, lower the temperature settings on your water heater, use knob covers to prevent children from turning on the hot water alone, and/or install anti-scald devices in both the shower and sink. Some faucets are equipped with a color changing guide so you can know how hot or cold the water is with just a glance.

Does Your Bathroom Safety Need An Upgrade?

If your bathroom is missing one or more of these safety necessities and you’re looking for a remodel, contact us. We’ll set up your free onsite consultation and help make sure you receive a professionally remodeled bathroom that the whole family can safely enjoy.