Bathrooms have slippery and hard surfaces, which can be a slipping risk to your home’s occupants. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to make your bathroom safer. In this blog, the bathtub replacement contractors at Elite Bathrooms LuxStone of Long Island share a quick guide to making your bathroom safer.
How to Make Your Existing Bathroom Safer
You can make a few changes that can help reduce risks of injury in your bathroom:
Remove the Rugs — Throw rugs and other similar floor coverings are counted among the most common causes of bathroom accidents, because of low friction between the floor and its underside. If you must have your bathroom rugs, secure it using double-sided tape or install slip-resistant backing.
Install Non Slip Strips — Non slip strips are available at online stores and can be installed on steps, on the bathroom floor, and even on the bathtub’s bottom. They increase traction in these areas and help prevent slipping.
Best Practices — Changing your bathroom habits can also help make your bathroom safer. Keeping the bathtub clean and free from soap scum can make it less slippery. Keep the bathroom floor dry by mopping up splashes after you’ve finished bathing. Avoid rushing, particularly in the morning, to avoid slipping on the bathroom floor.
Safety Features to Add During a Remodel
As your local bathtub installation contractors, we recommend including the following features in your bathroom remodeling plans:
Improved Lighting — Hazards are easy to spot (and avoid) when your bathroom is adequately lit. If window replacement is an option, choose styles with bigger glass areas. Make sure your bathroom lighting plan illuminates the floor.
Walk-In Tub or Curbless Shower — Standard bathtubs and shower enclosures require their users to lift their legs to cross a threshold, which increases the risk of slipping if the other leg happens to be standing on a slippery surface. A walk-in tub or curbless shower eliminates this risk by reducing the movement needed to step in. Both are also ideal additions to your bathroom if you have children or elderly family members.
Install Safety Grab Bars — Grab bars are intended to aid individuals who may have difficulty standing up unaided, as is often the case with the elderly. Safety grab bars also provide a stable spot to hang on to in case of slipping.
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