5 Must-Have Safety Features for Every Shower
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The home bathroom may not sound like a very dangerous place, but more than 200,000 people visit emergency rooms for bathroom accidents each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. A majority of those accidents take place in the shower due to slippery floors and stumbling block edges. Add these five essential safety features during the next bathroom remodel for safer showering at all ages.
1. Slip-Resistant Shower Bases
Whether a homeowner prefers custom laid tiles or a solid material base, they should look for slip-resistant materials designed with textured surfaces. Keep the shower floor clean with weekly scrubbing to ensure soap scum can’t build up and interfere with slip-resistant features.
2. Bars and Handles
No safety feature is more useful in the bathroom, including in the shower, than the safety bar or grab ring. These hand-holds allow bathers to stabilize themselves and prevent falls even when the surfaces are all slippery with suds. Suction and tension-based bars and holds are easy to add at any time, but the more secure grab bars require proper installation.
3. Anti-Scald Faucets
Bathing children and elderly parents alike often grab at the faucet handles when showering or accidentally confuse the hot and cold controls. Anti-scald faucets prevent water from reaching over a certain temperature or changing temperature rapidly when water is used elsewhere in the house.
4. Shower Benches or Seats
Bathers of all ages can make good use of a built-in shower bench or seat designed to drain. Taking a rest is easy with a comfortable surface for sitting, while anyone who needs to shave or apply skin treatments will also find it easier to do so with the help of a platform. Don’t forget about the opportunity to use it as an extra-large toiletry shelf if there’s simply no other use for it quite yet.
5. Raised Toiletry Shelves
Speaking of toiletry shelves, install them at chest height or higher to reduce the need to bend down and twist to reach shampoos and soaps. It’s all too easy to lose balance or experience vertigo when reaching around and bending over in an enclosed space like a shower stall. Whether the homeowner prefers built-in niches or surface-mounted shower shelves, raise them up to keep them accessible.
With these five features, every shower can become safer for the bathers who use it. Find all the safety and luxury shower accessories needed here at Kingston Brass.