Most of us take for granted that we are safe inside of our homes. This is especially true during this time of year when the weather can be treacherous. Not only do we have to be especially thoughtful when driving but, we have to take steps to protect our homes and belongings from the harsh temperatures.
For the most part, being inside of your home is very safe. But, there are some steps that you take to make for sure. An example would be using hot pads when taking something out of the oven to avoid getting burned.
While the kitchen has some obvious hazards, the bathroom has just as many that may not be so obvious. In fact, January is National Bath Safety Month and is meant to bring awareness to the areas of your bathroom that might not be as safe as you think.
Here are some tips that you and your family can follow to ensure there are no surprise injuries caused by unsafe bathroom conditions:
- Add a non-slip bathmat or rug to the floor outside of your shower or bath. This is an important place in the bathroom as this is where people will first step once they are finished with their bathing. Wet feet plus linoleum or tile is a recipe for disaster. Even if the person exiting doesn’t slip, they are leaving behind puddles of water that could cause the next person who comes along to slip and fall. A bathmat or rug will provide a safe place to step and will absorb the water from the wet feet.
- Don’t leave your shampoo, soap, or bath products in reach of your children. Kids are naturally curious and will inevitably make a game out of squirting these products. Not only is this a waste of money, but once mixed with water the globs of soap on the floor of the shower will create a slippery surface that is almost impossible not to slip on.
- Make sure that all cabinets, drawers, and toilet are child-proofed. The bathroom is a place where most people keep various chemicals, medications, and products and keeping these items out of the reach of children is essential to safety.
Take a look around your bathroom and think about where or how an accident might occur. The first step is just to know that it could happen, then you can implement these tips or others to improve safety. Your home is where you relax and go to feel safe, make sure that all rooms of the house support this.