(StatePoint) Roughly 234,000 injuries occur in the bathroom annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while children and adults over 70 are most at risk, more than half of all injuries involve people between ages 25 and 64.
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A few safety prevention measures can make your bathroom safer:
• Grab bars: Gripping things like shower doors or towel bars can lead to injury. Reduce your risk of failing in the tub or shower by installing a grab bar.
• Seats: For those with balance concerns, a seat, chair or bench in the shower can be a good idea, as shower floors can become particularly slick. Also, remember to use a shower mat.
• Toilet safety: Elevated toilet seats can help those with mobility issues ease onto the seat. Safety bars are another smart addition.
If aesthetics are a priority, check out manufacturers who put a premium on design, and whose products meet American with Disability Act safety requirements. For example, Moen Home Care offers safety fixtures in varying styles and finishes like chrome, brushed nickel and old world bronze. More information can be found at www.Moen.com/homecare.
With a few additions to your bathrooms, you can make them serene, stylish and safe.