Safety in the Bathroom with a Bathroom Wall Heater
We all want to keep our family safe and free from injury whenever possible. Did you know that there are many accidents that happen in the bathroom? Children and the elderly are especially susceptible. They carry a higher risk of accidental falls and drowning. This is a danger that can be avoided. Following a few simple safety tips can make day to day bathing and bathroom use safe.
Safety for Babies
Babies love the bath. For them bath time is playtime, so why not make it a safe and fun experience? Babycentre.com offers the following advice to keep your child safe in the bathroom.
- Remove sharp utensils and appliances. Razors, scissors, and blow dryers should be kept in a locked cabinet or cupboard and well out of the child's reach.
- Keep all medicines, including cosmetics, vitamins, and mouthwash safely out of reach.
- Set hot water heaters no higher than 48 degrees C. Maintaining a lower water temperature reduces the chance of accidental scalding.
- Always run the cold tap first and then gradually increase the warmth to prevent scalding.
- Place a non-slip mat on the floor to help prevent falls.
- Always stay with your child. Never leave your child unattended in the bath at any time.
- Teach your child to stay sitting down in the bath.
- Install a hook and eye lock high up on the outside of the door, and keep it latched when you're not using the bathroom.
MedlinePlus further suggests:
- Always empty the bath when finished. Never leave water in the tub.
- Don't allow other siblings to be in charge of the younger child. There should be an adult present at all times.
- Place a lock lid on the toilet to keep curious toddlers out.
Safety Tips for the Elderly
According to http://boomers-with-elderly-parents.com/, studies show that nearly one in every three seniors over the age of 65 years old experiences a fall every year. The following statistics suggest that:
- Older adults are hospitalized at least 5 times more than any other age group as a result of falls.
- 20-30% of those falls are rated moderate to severe.
- Falls are the leading cause of death (caused by complications) in seniors over the age of 65.
- One of the most dangerous rooms in the house for an elderly person is often the bathroom.
Following a few simple safety tips will help keep the elderly person in your life safe.
- Invest in safety bars. The elderly lose their balance easy and need something to hold on to.
- Provide the elderly person in your life with a safety seat. This gets them off their feet so they can easily sit down and enjoy the bath.
- Consider a handheld shower head. They don't have to stand up under the water. They can take down the hand shower and wash themselves and rinse soap and shampoo off easier.
- Provide them with elevated toilet seats so when they have to use the bathroom they can get on and off the toilet easily.
- Install a low lip bath to make getting in and out of the shower or tub simpler.
- Keep soap, shampoo, and conditioner within easy reach.
Things to Invest In
1. Non slip bath mats: This will help keep your feet dry and prevent you from wetting the floor with excess water. Have a towel handy so you can dry off right away. This will prevent any accidental falls.
2. Non slip stickers on the bottom of the shower or tub: It's important to place floor grips in the bottom of the shower or tub. This sticker and/or shower mat prevents the bottom of the shower or tub from feeling slippery.
3. Safety handles and seats if needed: Safety handles are ideal for small children and elderly adults to hold on to. Not only does it help them get in and out of the bath, but it gives them a sense of security when they're in it too.
4. Lighting: Invest in; adequate lighting. The lighting should be effective but not glaring. You want them to see what they're doing without being blinded.
5. A bathroom wall heater: A bathroom wall heater acts as an exhaust fan. It dissipates water and keeps bathroom walls, fixtures, and floors dry. It also prevents chilliness so you can get out of the bath feeling warm and comfortable. Don't catch a winter cold because the bathroom isn't warm enough. A simple bathroom wall heater will help.
Additional Safety Tips to Benefit Everyone
- Don't use electrical appliances like a blow dryer and curling iron around water. One wrong move - accidentally dropping the device - and someone can be electrocuted.
- Protect electrical outlets with a ground-fault circuit interrupter.
- Do not store cleaning supplies in the bathroom or anywhere else a child can access them easily. These should be locked in a cabinet.
- Add a nightlight for nighttime use.