Family Rules for Shower and Bathtub Safety

One of the most relaxing and enjoyable things you can do at the end of the day is to take a hot shower or warm bath to ease the stress and aches that you feel from doing your best on the job. There’s nothing like warm water cascading down your back or bubbling around your knees in a whirlpool at the end of the day.

In order for you and your family members to be safe in the shower or bathtub you should make and discuss some basic rules that will keep your loved ones from being injured in an accident in your bathroom. Let’s look at some ideas you might consider as you create your own personalised list.

 

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1. Don’t ever use the shower cabin door to balance yourself or stabilise your body. These doors are not designed to support your weight, thus an accident can occur. If young children and older family members need help, offer to assist them as they enter and exit the shower or bathtub.

2. If your shower cabin or bathtub has any features that are unsafe, ask your supplier to recommend ways of avoiding these from causing injuries. Shower professionals at a supplier like JT spas might suggest grab bars and other helpful accessories to assist you and your family members during bath and shower time.
3. Take precautions to avoid scalding in the shower or bathtub. You can easily adjust the temperature of your water heater, or ask your shower or bath supplier if temperature guards are available to prevent accidental burns. It’s also a good idea to test the temperature of the water with your hand before entering the shower or bathtub; you should teach your children to always check the water temperature before showering or bathing.

4. To prevent drowning, don’t ever leave your children unattended in the shower or bathtub. It only takes two inches of water for a drowning to occur. If older family members feel unsteady or unsure of themselves in the bathtub or shower, offer to help them or hire a professional carer to come into your home to assist elderly relatives at bath time.

5. Always use non-slip mats in the shower as well as the bathtub. You may also want to use tap guards to protect the heads of your children in case they bump up against these in the bathtub or shower. Also, place a mat on the floor in front of the shower or bathtub so that when someone exits they can step onto a dry, steady surface. Keep towels and other bathing necessities within arms reach of the shower or bathtub – to avoid accidents caused by overreaching for these while bathing.

6. Finally, once you have determined your bathing safety rules, be sure to discuss them with each family member, so that this special time of day will be safe and secure for everyone.

Image courtesy of JTSpas.co.uk

 

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  1. November 24, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Wow, that shower looks like a time machine. Great safety tips here for your family. Especially your elderly loved ones. Thanks for sharing!

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