January is National Bath Safety Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of death, especially for infants and those over the age of 85 years old. Bathrooms can be the most dangerous space in a house with their often wet, slippery, hard and sharp surfaces creating inherent risks for personal accidents and injuries.  In addition, outdated electrical receptacles and plumbing can also result in damage to the home. For Bath Safety Month, read the blog below to make sure you are taking all precautions to keep your family and friends safe.

National Bath Safety Month was created to help us protect ourselves and those we love by raising awareness and taking the steps for proper preparedness in what may be one of the most potentially perilous areas of the home. There are many effective things that can be done to minimize the risk of injury in the bathroom and ensure a safer environment.

When a bathroom has not been updated in many years, you may want to consider a bathroom remodel with a safety upgrade. Here are some suggestions for ways to make your bathroom a safer one for you and your family.

Make sure showers, tubs, and all steps or platforms leading to them have non-slip surfaces. Add grab bars beside the shower, tub and toilet to help prevent falls also. Consider replacing non-tempered glass in any windows or doors that are near a tub or shower, which can cause serious injury if someone does slip. However, installing bright lights around the tub and shower will make water on the floor easier to see and slipping less likely. Simply remember to ensure the lighting fixtures are designed to be used in high-moisture areas.

To help protect you and your children from burns, install anti-scald faucets. Additionally, choose faucets with lever handles that are much easier to use, particularly for children, older people and those with disabilities. Determine that any step-stool or bench used by children to reach a bathroom sink is stable and unlikely to tip. Add safety latches on bathroom cabinets, which may contain medicine, dietary supplements, or potentially hazardous chemicals and cleaning products. These should be installed even in a bathroom that the children don't customarily use.

In honor of National Bath Safety Month, swap electrical outlets and switches to moisture-proof models as sinks, toilets, tubs and shower can all present water risks. Include GFCI (Ground-fault circuit interrupters) on all electrical outlets in bathrooms to prevent short-circuiting if water is splashed on them.

If you would like a bathroom that includes better health and safety features, a bathroom remodel might be a wise and timely investment. DECOLAV wants to help you and your family have a safe and healthy room. If you would like more information on how DECOLAV can help you observe National Bath Safety Month, please visit www.DECOLAV.com today.