Note: The purpose of this series of posts is to gently remind each of us that, not only is it important to detoxify our homes from volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and low-level electromagnetic radiation, but to remain healthy, we also must pay attention to the basic rules of safety.
Many accidents occur in the bathroom every year. It’s been proven that bathroom accidents are the most common accidents of any room in the home. Here are nine tips that will help you prevent accidents, whether serious or minor, from happening in your bathroom.
- Clean up any wet spots on the floor as soon as they occur. If you are remodeling the bathroom, choose flooring materials that don’t get slippery when wet. These floors will help to prevent injuries from occurring due to falls. If this option isn’t available to you, place an organic cotton bath rug in front of the tub or shower. Also, slip resistant teak shower mats that allow air circulation come in handy inside a stall shower.
- Minimize the moisture build-up by opening a window while taking a shower. Toxic mold can form in your bathroom when moisture is locked in. Some molds are dangerous so it’s vital to ensure that you prevent possible growth. Ideally, having an exhaust fan in your bathroom and running it at all times while taking a shower will help keep moisture and therefore mold at bay.
- Prevent slips in the bathtub by placing a non-slip natural rubber mat on the tub floor. It can get slippery in there, making it very easy to fall. These types of falls are quite dangerous, as the possibility of hitting your head on something hard is increased.
- Keep all electrical appliances and electronics away from any water source. Water and electricity do not mix and when they come in contact, a dangerous electrical shock could occur to anyone nearby – for example if you drop your hairdryer in a sink full of water. Most newer homes have a GFI or GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet installed in bathrooms and kitchens that will stop electricity from flowing through the wrong pathway, such as bathwater or your body, by shutting off electric power as little as 1/40 of a second.
- Because GFI outlets often fail, periodically test each one in your home by pressing the red RESET button at the center of the outlet. Make sure it is still working by plugging in an electrical device, such as a hairdryer. Then press the black TEST button to see whether the device stops working, as it should. By pressing RESET again, the device should start working, but if not, contact an electrician to replace the outlet.
- Keep light fixtures away from any possibility of water splatter. Energy saving halogen light bulbs run much hotter than traditional incandescent bulbs or LEDs. Drops of water coming in contact with a hot bulb can cause the glass to shatter, leaving shards of glass everywhere. In addition, the shattering of the light bulb exposes you to the electrical components.
- Replace, remodel, and protect the sharp corners and edges of the furniture in your bathroom. Those sharp corners and edges can be fatal if you hit one of them on the right spot after slipping and falling.
- Place child locks on any and all bathroom cabinets that may contain chemicals, including medications, cleaning solutions, hair products, and even makeup. If a young child ingests these, it can result in poisoning or even a fatality.
- Your bathroom is one of the more slippery rooms in the house. If there are elderly people living in your home, you may want to place some suction grab bars in strategic areas to help prevent slips and falls.
Bathrooms are a place where accidents happen, just like any other area in the home. However, in the bathroom you have to be a little more conscious and aware of your surroundings. Follow these tips to stay safe and keep your home healthy.