How to Prevent Bathroom Accidents

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Countless bathroom accidents are reported every year. In fact, more accidents occur in the bathroom than in any other room in the house, mainly because of the presence of water. Here are some tips on how to prevent a fatal accident where we usually go for comfort.

Things You'll Need

  • Mat
  • Rug
  • Towels
  • GFCI outlets
  • Remember that the best way to prevent accidents is to design and decorate the bathroom with safety in mind. Consult a professional contractor if necessary.

  • Be sure that the floor does not become slippery when wet. Even just the moisture from a warm shower can cause slippery floors. To prevent slipping, lay a bath rug next to the shower or tub and in front of the vanity. Check that the bath rug has a tactile backing so that it doesn't slide across a smooth floor.

  • Minimize moisture buildup that can cause slippery surfaces by opening a window or turning on the exhaust fan when showering or bathing.

  • Prevent slips in the bathtub by adding a rubber mat to the bottom of the tub. When remodeling or acquiring a new bathtub, choose one with a built-in, non-slip textured surface.

  • Make sure that all electrical outlets in the bathroom are grounded to prevent electrical shock. When in doubt, consult an electrician and have a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet installed.

  • Keep electrical appliances away from the tub, vanity or other pools of water. Regardless of GFCI outlets and auto shut-off features, it is best to avoid the potentially hazardous combination of electricity and water.

  • Keep light fixtures away from water spatter. Drops of water making contact with hot light bulbs can cause the bulbs to break, spreading shards of glass and exposing electrical components.

  • Replace, remodel or protect sharp-edged or sharp-cornered furniture and accessories in the bathroom. Sharp edges and corners become hazardous in a room where slippage usually occurs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always unplug electrical appliances after use.
  • Blow out candles before leaving the bathroom.
  • Promptly mop up drips and spills from the bathroom floor.
  • Consider installing grab bars in strategic areas of the bathroom for the elderly.
  • Keep chemicals, cleaning agents and medication out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Use child locks on medicine cabinets and storage closets if necessary.

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