It’s not a a joke, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. Each year more than 200,000 people in the U.S. are treated for non-fatal injuries suffered in the bathroom. Think about it, tile floors and sturdy plumbing fixtures make of porcelain, steel and granite are unforgiving if you slip and hit your head. Hot water should be no hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit but it’s not uncommon for us to find water heaters turned up to 150 degrees and hotter. If a child or elderly person accidentally turns up the hot water while showering or bathing, they could easily be scalded. These are the reasons Roto-Rooter wants to spread the word about National Bathroom Safety Month.
It’s tempting to use towel bars as a handle when steadying ourselves but most are only screwed into the drywall so they’ll pop right out under the weight of a 150 pound person. A better option is to install one of the better models of suction cup-mounted grab bars. Better yet, hire a handyman to install high-quality stainless steel grab bars that are screwed directly into wall studs.
Anyone who has kids knows that children won’t hesitate to use the toilet or sink as a step stool to reach a medicine cabinet. A fall from such a height will bruise at the very least when landing on a tile floor. As an Emergency Room doctor about some of the injuries he/she has heard about from bathroom accidents. The stories will boggle one’s mind. My own brother once put his foot onto a ceramic soap dish that was part of a tile wall. He wanted to see out the bathroom window so that seemed like a ready-made step until it popped right off the wall and he fell right across the width of the bathtub. Other children have been known to find mom or dad’s razor and cut themselves. Still others have ingested cleaning products kept under the vanity.
At Roto-Rooter, we’ve put together a web page dedicated to bathroom safety. We hope you’ll review the tips and watch the helpful videos so that you can become familiar with the many ways you can make your own bathroom a safer place for everyone.