The bathroom is a common area for slip and fall accidents within the home, so it’s important to take steps to safeguard this area, especially if you have elderly family members or small children at home. Read on for some handy hints on making your bathroom slip proof, from easy DIY solutions to renovations.
Ditch the bath mat
Contrary to popular belief, bath mats do not prevent slips and falls in the bathroom, they cause them. Bath mats tend to slip around the floor, so if you’re set on keeping them, make sure they are firmly secured to the floor with tacks, double sided tape or slip resistant backings.
Line the shower or bath
Mats inside your actual bath or shower are a different story, however you’ll need to select non-slip, suction cup mats designed specifically for this purpose. Measure the surface area of your bath or shower before purchasing a mat to ensure the right fit, or better yet, have one custom made.
Keep things clean
The presence of soap scum and mould in your bathroom makes for slippery surfaces, so it’s important to regularly clean your bathroom tiles and the bottom of your bath and/or shower to counteract this.
Keep the floor dry
Make sure you have an adequate shower curtain, or better yet, a solid shower door, to prevent water from splashing out onto the bathroom floor. It’s also a good idea to have a drain installed amongst the tiles to prevent water from pooling on the floor.
Install a shower seat
Shower seats are a great safety precaution for those with limited mobility or injuries and they come in a variety of options including simple stools, or in-built benches. If you’re thinking of installing a shower seat, it’s also a good idea to invest in a detachable shower head.
Invest in hand rails
Hand rails around the bath, shower, and toilet are a fantastic way to prevent against slips and falls, especially for the elderly. Help your loved ones maintain their independence while prioritising their safety by investing in hand rails specifically designed to carry body weight.
It’s important to take extra safety precautions in the bathroom to prevent against slips and falls, and to fix plumbing issues such as leaks and blocked drains that may compromise your family’s safety. JPG Plumbing are your trusted plumbers in Melbourne and will ensure your bathroom is as safe as possible.