Your bathroom has the potential to be one of the most dangerous areas of your home. With slippery tiles, wet floors and hazards from soap scum to mould, injuries and falls can be common. That’s why it’s important to do everything possible to make your bathroom a safe place for all members of the family.
Whether you’re less able, approaching your senior years or have young children, there are plenty of bathroom safety tips out there to reduce the risk of a fall or injury at bath time.
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Here, we break down the very best safety measure to help you stay safe in the bathroom:
1. Install anti-slip safety measures in the bath or shower
Whether you prefer a bath or shower, both can be slip hazards. Showers and baths tend to be made from acrylic or enamel, which can have naturally slick surfaces, and the addition of water and soap or shower gel makes these surfaces even more slippery.
To avoid unnecessary injury, use bathroom safety products that reduce the likelihood of a slip. Anti-slip mats or stickers can be helpful, as these are easily installed in your bath or shower and don’t impose too much on the appearance of your bathroom.
Alternatively, look for baths or showers that have anti-slip technology built into their design. Many of our shower trays feature pioneering anti-slip design, which makes showering significantly safer for all members of the family.
2. Think about your bathroom design
If you’re renovating your bathroom or adjusting it to suit the needs of less able, younger or older family members, it’s important to think about bathroom safety from the outset. The way you design your space and the products you choose can make a big difference when it comes to how safe, accessible and convenient your bathroom is.
If you prefer taking a bath, look for ways to make bathing simple. If you find it difficult getting in and out of the bath, install grab rails to assist. Bath seats (whether in-built or portable) can be helpful too, and walk-in baths or shallow bath options can work well and look chic.
Showers are a convenient alternative for those who struggle getting in and out of a bath. From installing step-free shower enclosures to incorporating shower seats and grab rails, there are plenty of ways to make showering simple.
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When you’re improving bathroom safety, it’s easy to forget about the smaller items in your bathroom that could be hazardous. While it’s certainly important to think about your shower and bath, features like your bath mat, taps, and lighting should also be considered.
Bath mats are as essential in terms of safety as they are for style, as they help to soak up excess water which might otherwise cause slips when getting out of the shower or bath.
When choosing a bath mat, look for non-slip options, or add anti-slip backings to prevent your mat from moving around on the floor.
If you share your bathroom with someone who is likely to fall or slip, whether it’s a young child or somebody less able, make sure there are no taps which might prevent a soft landing. There are plenty of bath tap cushions and guards on the market – just pop a stylish cover over your taps when you aren’t using them and easily reduce the risk of injury if somebody does happen to fall.
Good quality lighting in all areas of your bathroom is essential, as it will help you to see any potential hazards clearly and address problems like damp and mould before they escalate.
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