Thursday, June 12, 2008

Prevent Household Injuries, Promote Bathroom Safety

The home is a place of belonging, comfort, security and safety of everyday living. The truth is that the home is where many of today's elderly population are being injured, especially bathroom related accidents. The bath can be a dangerous place in the home without safety precautions. Here are some startling statistics:

  • "About one third of the elder population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually."

  • "About half (53%) of the older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall with in six months."

  • "Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls."

  • "Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions 40% of those admitted do not return to independent living; 25% die within a year."

  • "55% of all falls take place inside the home."

  • "There are nearly 200,000 bathroom accidents per year. That's 70 percent of all home accidents, according to research from home care products company Aurora in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

  • According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 34 million people over the age of 65 in 1997, and that will double to nearly 70 million by 2030."

Inside the home, the bathroom is the most dangerous for the likelihood of accidents. The bath is slippery when wet, and without proper safety, a fall can happen in an instant. Safety should come first. There are precautionary measures that one can take in the bathroom. Thanks to the National Ag Safety Database (NASD), we can provide a bathroom safety checklist:

___The bath or shower has non-skid mat or strips on the standing area, Safety from falling on slippery surface.

___The towel bars and the soap dish in the shower stall and bath are made of durable materials and are firmly installed.

___Bathroom has even lighting without glare.

___The light switch is located near the door of the bathroom.

___The bathroom door opens outward.

___The bathroom has a safe supplemental heat source and ventilation system.

___The outlets are ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) that protect against electric shock in the bathroom.

___Grab bars are installed on the walls of the bathroom by the bath and toilet.

Keep your home the place of belonging, comfort, security and everyday living, especially your bathroom. Make safety a number one priority. A little bit of time spent installing safety precautions in your bath can ensure years of accident free living.


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Portions of this information are from,, "Bathroom safety becomes priority", Home Channel News, Sept 1, 1999 by Monica Toriello, and

To the best of our knowledge, the information contained herein is accurate. However, neither Binson's, or any of its subsidiaries assumes any liability whatsoever for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein. This information is for educational purposes only.



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Susan Lappin said...

to prevent a household injuries specially in the bathroom - invest on things that can prevent you from slipping in the bathroom like putting a rubber matt on the floor or maybe place a few or several handles on the walls of the bathroom. a dryer for the floor, preventing the floor to be slippery. if you happen to suffer an injury from slip and fall from a public restroom (restaurants,convenient stores etc.) you can claim for free personal injury advice from the experts so that they can help you file or seek advice on what to do.

Addison Conroy said...

This refers to a shower chair that one can move to and from one location to another, for example, when traveling. The cheapest movable shower chair is the lightweight Portable Shower Chair. This simple rigid chair is made of tough resin that is resilient, strong and very light. These qualities make it both portable and controllable around the bathroom and home. Being that bathrooms come in various shapes and sizes, this chair has a particularly interesting feature. The chair can be folded flat to allow the user to maneuver comfortably around the bathroom when showering. This feature also helps in storage when not in use.

Scott French said...
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Scott French said...

Staying safe in the bathroom is important for everyone, especially those with joint pain, muscle weakness, or physical disability. There are steps to take to protect yourself in the bathtub or shower. Slipping is a major concern around the bathtub, not only while in the tub or shower, but also while stepping over the threshold. To reduce slipping while in the tub place a non-slip suction mat on the bottom of the tub to help prevent falls, also if you have problems stepping over the threshold you can call The TubcuT to install their product that converts an existing bathtub into a walk in shower. Place a seat in the shower/tub so you can rest while bathing, there are different styles available make sure you get one that fits your space and needs appropriately. The next item you can replace is the shower head with a handheld shower, this will allow you to control the water while remaining safely in the seat. The next item you need to add to your bathroom is a grab bar or two. There are different sizes and colors of grab bars, buying a grab bar that doesn’t blend in with the wall behind it will help, as we get older our eyesight degrade.

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