The bathroom can be an incredibly dangerous place when you’re not careful. This is because, unlike in other rooms of the house, water and moisture are everywhere in the bathroom – you’re more likely to slip and fall when you’re wet than when you’re not.
If you have kids, this poses even more danger, as kids aren’t as cautious and are therefore more likely to slip. Here are some tips for preventing a slip and fall in the bathroom to keep everyone safe and prevent slipping in the shower!
1) Never leave children unattended in the bathtub
It is important to never leave children under the age of four unattended in the bathtub. Children can drown quickly, and drowning is a major cause of death among young children. If you must leave the bathroom, take your child with you. By keeping your child within arm’s reach at all times, you can prevent potentially serious injuries or accidental drowning.
2) Use a bath rug
There’s likely a small mat outside your shower or tub. Clean it regularly, and consider placing a bath rug in front of your tub to reduce the risk of slipping on a wet floor.
The rubber material on the base of these mats prevents the mat from slipping around on the tiled floor. You might also like to invest in a pair of slip-resistant socks or sandals if you have concerns about staying steady on your feet when getting out of the shower or bathtub.
However, rugs are also a common culprit in bathroom falls. While we’ve seen above how a rubber-backed mat can be useful, those without this non-slip backing can add to the danger.
If your shower mat doesn’t have a non-slip backing, consider replacing it with one that does. This way, it won’t move across the floor as you step onto it on your way out of the shower or tub.
3) Consider installing handrails and seats
Those who are unsteady on their feet can benefit greatly from seats in the shower. Handrails that are securely attached to the wall can also be a huge help to those with balance issues or who need a little extra help in the shower.
4) Use non-slip mats in the shower
Slip-proof mats on your shower floor will help keep you from falling, but make sure to clean them regularly so they don’t become breeding grounds for mold and mildew. They’re also helpful in other slippery areas of your bathroom, like right outside a tub or sink (which should also be non-slip) to prevent falls when exiting.
A mat with a strong suction back is the best choice – those with hundreds of suction cups have no chance of coming loose while you’re bathing.
5) Use non-slip strips on the tub wall
If you have kids in your house, you know they’re always getting into something. When they do that in a slippery bathtub, you have to step in with a quick fix. Start by taking a few minutes to attach non-slip strips along your tub wall so there is no chance of slipping when it comes time for another bubble bath.
Non-slip strips work on showers and sinks too! In addition to providing an extra layer of safety for slippery surfaces, non-slip strips also make cleaning your tub or shower easier by keeping grime and soap scum off of your walls.
6) Use bathmats or rugs made of natural fibers
Bathmats and rugs made of natural fibers like cotton or wool are more absorbent than those made of synthetic materials, even if they’re advertised as being such. Plus, the fabrics tend to prevent bacterial growth. The mats should be cleaned often in order to prevent bacteria and mold from growing on them. A good method is to vacuum them frequently and put them in the washing machine whenever it needs a clean – that will ensure that they don’t become a breeding ground for germs.
7) Wet floors are a common restroom hazard
Wet floors are a common source of bathroom slip and fall accidents. You can reduce your risk of an accident by understanding the causes and taking steps to reduce or remove them.
A wet floor is often caused by people walking in with wet shoes or when water splashes out of the sink. In these cases, you should ask someone to wipe their feet before coming in or put down a mat so that they don’t drip water on the bathroom floor.
The floor can also get wet because it was just cleaned or mopped, so it is important to wait a few minutes after cleaning before allowing people back into the room. If there is no other bathroom available, consider cordoning off the area with caution tape until the floors dry completely to prevent anyone from slipping and falling on them.
Finally, if there is a leak in your pipes that might cause drips on your bathroom floor, contact a plumber immediately so they can fix it as soon as possible before someone slips and falls on their way out of or into the restroom!
Try to make sure that your tub and shower are dry before you stand on them; doing so will dramatically reduce your risk of slipping or tripping over wet surfaces.
While there are lots of reasons that people slip or fall in bathrooms—peeling paint or dirty floors can make a big difference—making sure surfaces stay dry is one of your most effective lines of defense against slips and falls.