Every year, thousands of Canadians of all ages injure themselves in their bathroom. Here are a few tips to make your bathroom safer.
The temperature of your water heater should never be higher than 49°C (120°F). Be especially careful if you are replacing an old water heater, as the water could be much hotter than what you’re used to.
Before taking a bath or shower, test the water temperature with your elbow.
If possible, replace faucets with thermostatic models that allow you to control water temperature better.
To avoid slipping on wet surfaces, place a non-slip mat in the bathtub and shower, and on the bathroom floor.
You can make it easier and safer to get into the bathtub by installing grab bars on the adjacent walls. Sometimes a shower can be easier to get in and out of. Shower enclosures can be equipped with grab bars and even a specially designed bench seat that allows you to stay seated while you shower.
Some people may have difficulty getting on or off the toilet because of the seat height. To correct the situation, grab bars can be installed on the wall next to the toilet or a raised seat can be added to increase the toilet height.
If you often get up at night to go to the bathroom, install night lights in the hallway and bathroom to help you find your way safely.
Many falls occur when people try to get something that’s just beyond their reach. Be sure to keep all the everyday items you need—like soap, shampoo, and towels—within easy reach. Never climb onto the toilet or the edge of the tub to reach something. If need be, use a low step stool with non-slip feet and step, and first make sure it is stable.
The bathroom door handle should have a mechanism that allows it to be unlocked from the outside in the event of an emergency.
You will find a wide range of bathroom safety devices at your pharmacy. If you need advice on choosing the right product for your needs, ask your pharmacy team.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.