According to the U.S. Home Safety Council, more accidents happen in the bathroom than any other room in the house due to the storage of medications and the presence of water sources, electrical outlets and electrical appliances.
It is common sense to safely store supplies, have adults supervise children around water, and clean up slippery surfaces to reduce the chance of injuries. But in addition, consider the following checklist to insure everyone's safety.
Bathroom safety checklist:
1. Keep water heater set at 120 degrees or less to prevent scalding.
2. Check that electrical outlets are grounded (GFCI).
3. Equip showers and tubs with non-skid suction cup mats or textured strips.
4. Use bar soap in tub, not slippery liquid soap.
5. Have a phone near the bathroom in case of emergencies.
6. Have a night light in the bathroom.
7. Install grab bars in the tub. The grab bars come in decorative designs now. Follow codes for installation which include the requirement of installing the bar 33-36 inches from the floor.
8. Check out www.safekids.org website for additional tips.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.