When you are in the kitchen preparing a meal, you are cautious of the hot surfaces so as not to burn yourself. As you are cutting ingredients for the meal, for the meal you are careful about using the knife so you don’t accidentally cut yourself. All of these safety measures that you take stem from the knowledge that these items are dangerous and could cause an injury.
But, most people don’t stop to think about what dangers are lurking in their bathrooms. This is the one room in the house where the task at hand is far more important than the environment. The bedrooms are a place to spend time and enjoy even if you’re not sleeping. The dining room is where everyone comes together for a meal and shared memories. And, the living room is for relaxing together and connecting after a long day.
But, not much thought is given to the bathroom and its features. In fact, the bathroom is statistically the most dangerous room in your entire home. More than 280,000 injuries happen each year in the bathroom and a shocking 81% of those injuries involve some kind of head injury due to a slip and fall accident.
To make your bathroom safer, it is important to know what areas of it could be dangerous. Here are just a few guidelines to be aware of:
- Do not leave a child unattended in the bathtub. Even a few inches of water can be dangerous to a little kid. Make sure to put a child lock on the toilet. It is unpleasant to think of, but kids do play in the toilet if they’re able to get to it, and they could easily fall inside. Add barriers to the corners of your bathtub/shower combination so that when the shower is running, water does not splash out and onto the floor.
- Do make sure that any floor rugs or bathmats have a non-slip back so that they affix securely to the flooring of the bathroom. If the rugs you are putting on the floor are slipping all around and creating a tripping hazard, they are creating more trouble than help.
- Don’t keep cleaning chemicals in a place where they can be accessed by small children. The bottles that these items come in have fun squirt nozzles on them and a child will quickly become entertained playing with a bottle of bleach or other chemical.
Following these tips will dramatically improve the safety of your bathroom. Once you know where the dangers are, you can easily implement safety measures to keep you and the members of your household safe.