Bathtub and Shower Accidents

Over 230,000 people get injured in the bathroom every year. Bathrooms can be dangerous, especially for young kids and the elderly. Since the floor is often wet, and the flooring and fixtures are hard, even the slightest fall or tripping accident could lead to injuries. As per a recent study, over 80% of home fall accidents occur in bathrooms. People over 65 are the most susceptible to these falls. While most of these falls only cause minor bruises, they could also lead to severe injuries to the head and spine.

Most Common Places of Accidents

Many fall accidents occur in the bathtub as people get in and out. The figures go over 70% for injuries caused in the bathtub. A significant percentage of accidents also occur by the toilet seat and shower. People with balance issues have also reported falling next to the sink and other places where there‚Äôs a lack of support. Since the bathroom floors are tiled and wet, it’s easy to slip. Most of these injuries can be avoided by simply keeping the floors dry and removing obstacles like rugs, mats, and other items.

Here are some statistics about bathroom tripping and falling accidents:

  • Over half the reported injuries are of little children aged under five years.
  • The most commonly injured part is the face, head, and neck.
  • The most common injury reported by kids and seniors was lacerations.

How to Prevent Bathroom Injuries and Falls

While there may be times when the accident simply can’t be avoided, there are still tips and tricks to make the bathroom safe for the young and old. Here are some simple things you can do at home.

Use Slip Resistant Bath Mats

Either remove rugs altogether, as they are a hazard in the bathroom, or invest in slip-resistant mats. You may apply non-slip decals to the bathroom tiles.

Grab Bars

Install grab bars by the toilet and shower to make the bathroom more accessible for the elderly and those with mobility issues. Grab bars give people something to hold on to while using the toilet and getting in and out of the shower. Moreover, if someone is about to fall, often the first involuntary response of the body is to reach out and try to grab something. In that case, the grab bars can be a savior.

Cover Faucets and Handles

Cover all faucets and handles so they do not stick out, especially if you have little children. In case of an accident, they won’t hit the edges, which could lead to nasty cuts and bruises.

Install Shower Seats

Consider installing a shower seat. This allows the elderly and children to shower while sitting. Most of these are equipped with non-slip seats and feet, so whether you place the chair inside the bathtub or by the shower, it won’t slip.

Transfer Bench

Another feature to add to your bathroom is a transfer bench. The bench goes over the edge of the bathtub with two legs touching the floor. People get onto it and swing to the other side with ease. This prevents tripping and falling while getting in and out of the bathtub.

Eye Level Shelves

Add more shelves or counters at eye level to make them easier to reach.

Dry the Floor

Make it a routine to wipe the floors after a bath or shower. Never leave the floors wet, especially with shampoo and soap residue. The buildup makes floors super slippery and unsafe for everyone.

Install Night Lights

Kids and the elderly often have to use the bathroom at night. Since it’s dark, it’s easy to bump into things and slip when you walk in a dark and wet bathroom. Add motion sensor lights or nightlights to improve visibility.