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Some advice for bathroom safety
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Some people may take it for granted that their bathroom is one of the safest places in the house, but this is not necessarily so. Although slipping in the shower is generally thought of a more significant injury risk for older people and children - really, is there any reason why it couldn't happen to anyone? 

Most likely, you don't really have to worry about your safety next time you're brushing your teeth in front of your bathroom vanity, but just for the sake of covering all your bases, here are some tips from experts to make sure you never get injured in the bathroom. 

Put sticky mats on the floors

We don't mean "sticky" as in dirty - we mean "sticky" as in rubber mats or carpets with non-skid undersides that won't be easy to slip on when water gets on them. The Home Depot's blog recommends putting such sticky mats down on the floors of the shower and bathtub area, as well as the rest of the room. The news source also strongly advises against implementing glossy floor tiles, which are said to be especially slippery. 

Keep an eye on the water heater

Especially if you've got children or older folks roaming around your household, it may be a good idea to make sure the water heater never goes beyond 120 degrees, according to a list of advice appearing on JustInCase911.com. Anti-scald devices may also help prevent burning injuries. 

Lights!

It's not too difficult to trip and harm oneself on one of those late night treks to the bathroom when the darkness prevents you from finding a light switch. For this reason, Home Depot recommends installing a motion detector light in your bathroom, while JustinCase911.com calls for a night light. Either could help ensure that you'll be able to find the toilet, no matter what time of day it is. 

Don't leave electrical items on floor or anywhere near the tub

This one almost feels like it doesn't require an explanation, but electrical devices that aren't water proof could seriously harm you if you use them while they're wet. 

Lock up shampoo and mouth wash

Again, this really only applies if you have kids - but some children might be curious what the mouthwash you use every morning tastes like, for one example. Some people keep even more harmful materials in their bathroom, so it's important to make sure any potentially toxic chemicals or cleaning products are locked up under the sink, out of the reach of little hands. 

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