January is National Bath Safety Month! Here are some tips for preventing bath related injuries:
Prevent slips and falls with an anti-slip mat.
Grab bars are wise choice for the young and old alike – shower doors and towel racks are not strong enough to prevent slips!
Scalds are burns caused by hot liquids or steam – make sure your tub/shower has a pressure balanced valve (remember in the movies when they flush the toilet and the person in the shower screams? This prevents that).
Scald guards can automatically shut off the water if it is too hot – further preventing scalds.
Check your shower and tub for sharp edges.
Test the water temperature before showering or bathing.
Keep toiletries within arms reach to prevent slips from over extending yourself.
Fill the tub before entering and check the water temperature before entering or placing some one else in the bath.