One of the most common places that you could obtain a traumatic brain injury is a location you visit daily. Bathroom slips are not as often discussed as driving accidents and sports injuries because they are less expected. You receive constant warnings to put on your seat belt in a car or wear a helmet during baseball, but you rarely hear about safety precautions to put near your toilet and sink.
You should treat moving in your bathroom like you are walking on the side of a pool. One slip on a wet floor could cause you or a love one to slam your head on a porcelain toilet in a locked room. This can happen to anyone regardless of how old they are. Here are some tips to safeguard your bathroom:
Place nonslip mats in the bathtub.
If your shower is in a porcelain bathtub, you are very likely to fall if you are not careful. Not only is it a slippery surface when water runs down it, but you also have to take a large step to get over the tub's borders before and after the shower.
Getting a nonslip mat and placing it in the middle of your bathtub can minimize the chances of you slipping. It does not affect how you clean your feet in the shower and it is easy to install.
Prepare the floor afterwards.
Some people consider carpeting their entire bathroom to avoid falling slipping on the floor. However, most bathrooms do not have carpeting on their floor because constant water absorption causes it to build up harmful bacteria such as mildew and mold.
You should design your bathroom to have proper material and layout to avoid falling. Having smaller tiles on a porcelain floor or choosing to go with vinyl sheet will make the floors easier to walk on. If you do not have carpeting, then you need to place another towel or bathmat on the floor to walk on after you have left the shower.
Install handrails in the bathtub.
One of the more popular suggestions for bathroom safety is to add grab bars in the bathtub, shower, and near the toilet. Having these within reach will allow you to pull yourself upward, balance your stance and reduce the risk of falling. It is important you consider the shape, angle and material of the grab bars so that they are easy to spot in the event of an emergency.
Make sure that the most slippery area of your house has enough to protect you and your loved ones from any serious injury that can occur. One slip can lead to a traumatic brain injury and a lifetime of consequences.