Most of us take for granted that we are safe inside of our homes. We have locks on our doors and windows, smoke alarms in all of the bedrooms, and we use precautions to avoid accidental burns or cuts when preparing food in the kitchen.
But, many people never think about all of the dangers in their bathroom. The bathroom is the room in the house where water and smooth surfaces meet on a regular basis. This pairing causes serious hazards that could result in major injuries.
Staying safe in your home is very important. Your home is your sanctuary and the place where you let down your guard and relax to spend time with family. Take a minute to look around your bathroom and check to see if you have any areas where safety could be improved.
Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to follow:
- Make sure to keep medications in a locked medicine cabinet if you have children. If you have more than one bathroom, keep all medications in one designated bathroom and keep that medicine cabinet locked. All medications should be kept in bottles with child-proof caps even inside of a locked cabinet.
- Child-proof the cabinets if you have cleaning supplies stored in your bathroom. Add a child-proof door handle to the main bathroom door to keep young children out of the bathroom without supervision.
- Never leave electrical appliances plugged in when not in use. For instance, don’t store a stereo or alarm clock in the bathroom if it requires being plugged in. it is too easy for an accidental electrocution to happen when electrical appliances are kept in the bathroom. If you use hair tools, make sure to unplug them and store them in a drawer or under the cabinet when you are done.
- Add non-slip mats to the floor of your bathroom outside of the shower or tub, in front of the sink, and around the toilet. These mats are great for adding traction and for keeping feet dry so that puddles don’t accidently get left on the floor. Adding textured decals to the floor of your shower or bath tub is a great way to reduce the chances of a slip and fall.
If you have young children or elderly people in your home, these tips are especially important. These groups of people have a higher risk of injury in the bathroom. Getting in and out of the bathtub is an especially dangerous activity in the bathroom, make sure to implement these tips to reduce your risk.