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Originally published June 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM | Page modified July 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

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Prevent accidents by making your bathroom a safer place

About 70 percent of home accidents happen in the bathroom, where nearly 200,000 mishaps occur each year. Here are some ways to make that room safer.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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According to the National Safety Council, approximately 70 percent of home accidents happen in the bathroom, where nearly 200,000 mishaps occur each year.

Sounds like we should avoid the bathroom altogether — but alas, that is impossible. So instead, ask yourself how you can make that room safer.

Textured flooring. Slick surfaces on the bathroom floor are attractive, but they are also the most hazardous.

Splashes from the sink and the bathtub/shower can cause slippery floors. If you use floor tiles, small is better so there is more grout for texture and better traction. Better yet, avoid the shiny stuff and go for slip-resistant flooring.

Grab bars. They aren’t only for the elderly or the infirm. Grab bars can make a shower safer for anyone.

And they don’t have to have a plain, utilitarian look. Delta makes grab bars that exceed load requirements and offer aesthetic finishes.

Cabinet locks. Are there small children in the house? Locks for the cabinets are a good idea, and can be purchased at any hardware store.

Any cabinet or drawer that contains medicines, toxic liquids or cleaning supplies should be locked if there are small children in the house.

Even with cabinets and drawers locked, children shouldn’t be left unattended in the bathtub or shower.

Hot-water readout. Most water heaters are preset to 140 degrees, which can burn you, particularly if your skin is sensitive.

One way to keep hot water from burning is to install a digital temperature readout system for the shower. The device provides the numerical temperature of the water, and most models can be installed in minutes.



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