Safety First: Tub Safety Rules
A tub can be a lot of fun, but it also entails a lot of responsibility. Pay heed to the following tub safety rules so that you don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. And remember, safety first.
Electrical appliances frequently found in bathrooms include hair dryers and toothbrushes. Some people also enjoy watching TV or listening to the radio while they relax in the tub. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of that, as long as you’re extremely careful and refrain from plugging electrical items near running or still water, especially the tub but also the toilet and sink. Additionally, use a ground-fault circuit interrupter to protect electrical outlets.
Keep bathtub mats such as the Invacare Bath Safety Treads or the Invacare Non-Slip Bath Mat - Extra Large inside the tub to avoid slipping. Keep slip-resistant mats with non-slip backing or gritty surfaces around the bathroom in general as well.
Install anti-scald faucets and set hot water heaters at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to prevent burns. Crack a window in the bathroom to let the heat out or, failing that, employ an exhaust fan to keep the air circulating.
Grab bars by the tub, shower and toilet provide easy access to these facilities, in particular for the elderly, although in a wet, steamy environment, anyone is prone to losing stability. We recommend installing Safe-er-Grip Swivel Suction Tub Bars by Invacare Supply Group, Medline Toilet Safety Rails, 2-in-1Grab Bars, 2-in-1 Tub or Shower Grab Rings, or 2-in-1 Grab Bar and Toilet Paper Holders. All of these products are available at Discount Medical Supplies, as are the aforementioned bathtub mats.
Small children should be left in a tub without adult supervision, and keep in mind that an older sibling does not qualify as an adult. The tub should remain empty of water when not in use; check that is has been emptied before leaving the bathroom. Also make sure that the floor is dry after taking a bath in the tub. Provide children with a bath seat or let them play with toys as a means of ensuring that they stay seated upright in the tub.
While it may tempting to enjoy a glass of wine while lounging in the tub, it’s best not to imbibe alcohol or consume drugs of any kind (even prescription medication) while bathing, lest you are rendered unconscious and be at risk of drowning.
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