The bathroom, while often considered a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation, can also harbor hidden hazards that pose risks to our safety. While bathroom safety is especially important for the elderly and small children, injuries can happen to anyone. From slippery surfaces to scalding water, there are various factors to consider when aiming to create a safer bathroom environment for everyone in your home.

By implementing a few simple yet effective safety measures, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries and increase functionality in every bathroom of your home.

Here are 7 practical tips to improve safety in your bathroom.

1. Install Non-Slip Flooring

Slippery floors are a common cause of accidents in the bathroom, especially when wet. Consider replacing glossy tiles with non-slip flooring options such as textured tiles, rubber mats, or cork flooring. These materials provide better traction underfoot, reducing the risk of slips and falls, particularly in areas prone to water splashes like the shower or bathtub.

2. Add Grab Bars and Handrails

Installing grab bars and handrails in key locations can provide essential support and stability, especially for seniors or individuals with mobility issues. Place grab bars near the toilet, bathtub, and shower to assist with sitting down, standing up, and maneuvering in and out of these areas safely. Ensure that the grab bars are securely mounted to the wall and capable of bearing weight.

3. Improve Lighting

Proper lighting is crucial for navigating the bathroom safely, especially during nighttime visits. Ensure adequate lighting throughout the space, including overhead fixtures, vanity lights, and task lighting near the shower or bathtub. Consider installing motion-sensing lights or nightlights to illuminate the pathway to the bathroom and reduce the risk of tripping in the dark.

4. Adjust Water Temperature

Scalding hot water can cause burns and scald injuries, particularly for young children and seniors with decreased sensitivity to heat. Lower the water heater temperature to a safe and comfortable level (120°F or below) to prevent accidental burns. Additionally, consider installing anti-scald devices in showers and faucets to regulate water temperature and prevent sudden temperature fluctuations.

5. Secure Bath Mats and Rugs

Loose or improperly secured bath mats and rugs can pose tripping hazards in the bathroom. Ensure that all rugs have non-slip backing or use double-sided tape to secure them firmly to the floor. Avoid placing rugs directly outside the bathtub or shower, as they can become soaked and slippery. Instead, opt for quick-drying mats or towels in these areas.

6. Organize and Declutter

Keep bathroom surfaces clutter-free to prevent trips and falls. Store toiletries, cleaning supplies, and other items in cabinets or storage baskets to maintain clear pathways and reduce the risk of accidents. Consider installing shelves or organizers to keep frequently used items within reach without overcrowding countertops or shower ledges.

7. Install Accessibility Features

For individuals with mobility challenges or disabilities, consider installing additional accessibility features to enhance safety and independence in the bathroom. This may include roll-in showers, wheelchair-accessible sinks, raised toilet seats, and adjustable showerheads. Consult with a professional contractor to determine the most suitable modifications for your needs.

At P.C. Plumbing, Heating, AC & Remodeling, we have the tools, knowledge, and design expertise to turn your bathroom into the luxurious, functional, and safe retreat it should be. Contact us today to request a free project estimate and timetable for your bathroom remodeling project.