Described by NY Times as “The smallest room in the house (that) can be a dangerous place.”, our household bathroom is one of the top places where accidents and injuries usually happen.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized.
More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet.
In addition, surveys shows injuries acquired by different genders vary, women take a lead having 64% compared to men having only 36% incident rate. According to the cause of injury, a whooping 80% is due to accidents by falling, and the remaining 19% is due to other causes.
Talk about being timely, even the hit series Game of Thrones reveals on its season finale that no bathroom is an exception, even those that are located in Westeros. Now I don’t want to be a movie spoiler here, but if you ARE interested to watch the best scenes of death and destruction in restroom settings, then go ahead and click the link.
In reality, and not just in fantasy television series, our home bathroom can also pose great threat to our family’s safety. SaveOurBones shares 7 wonderful tips to prevent accidents inside the bathroom. Basically, it emphasizes factors such as wet floors and rags to be a great factor why accidents happen. They highly suggest that the sink, toilet, and especially the drainage system to be in proper working condition to avoid clog and slippery surfaces.
If you are still not convinced about taking extra precautions inside the shower, maybe reading this news about the 50-something-year-old woman from San Diego will give you some thoughts to ponder on:
She lost her balance in the shower of her second-floor apartment and fell out an open 2-by-3-foot window next to the bathtub, U-T San Diego reported. The woman, identified only as in her 50s, fell to the bottom of a light shaft (pictured below), some six to eight feet below ground level.
On The Red Carpet reports the dental misfortune of 63-year-old singer Steve Tyler, when his teeth broke during an accident in a certain hotel bathroom.
Steven Tyler was recently hospitalized after suffering a fall in a bathroom in a hotel in Paraguay, which prompted the rocker and “American Idol” judge to undergo emergency dental work and for his band Aerosmith to postpone a planned concert.
There ARE many ways to prevent these bathroom accidents, of course. The bottom line is to always keep a mindful attention to what you are doing inside and avoid slippery surfaces.
Here’s a short list of 5 Ways to create a safer bathroom:
- Choose Textured Floor
- Make it Level
- Get a Grip
- Keep kids in Mind
- Don’t get Burned
The bathroom can be an enjoyable place for you and your kids, especially the bath tub sessions. Keeping this place in your house accident-free is the ultimate challenge to every homeowner.