We want to take a look at some of the common accidents that can occur in one of the most danger-prone areas of the house. This isn’t a scare blog, but a realistic look at some things to be aware of when you’re in the shower or getting ready in the morning.
According to statistics gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year nearly 235,000 people over the age of 15 make a trip to the emergency room due to an injury that occurred in the bathroom. According to the National Safety Council, one person per day dies from using the shower or tub in the United States. Over two-thirds of emergency room visits are due to injuries in or near the shower or tub. A little over 20% of these injuries are obtained near the toilet. The likelihood of an injury occurring increases with age, with those over 85 being the most affected group. It is also good to be aware that women are more likely to suffer bathroom injuries than men, with about 64 percent of accidents affecting women.
One would think that fainting in the bathroom might be a cause for a significant portion of these injuries, but statistics show that fainting is not a common cause. Falling, however, accounts for a little over 80% of accidents.
The amount of injuries that occur in or around the shower makes sense – after all, these areas do get slippery when wet. It is advisable to purchase an inexpensive rubber mat to place on the shower or tub floor, as well as a non-slip mat or rug to place immediately outside of the shower. It is also a good idea to install grab bars, metal or transparent bars most commonly seen in handicap restroom stalls, in your shower or near your toilet.
Bath injuries are a sadly common event that not many people think about; after all, the bathroom is a place you visit several times a day, usually with no event. However, it is very important to be aware of dangers in the bathroom, especially falls. Equip your bathroom with bars and mats to reduce the risk of falling increase the chances of catching yourself if it should happen, and breathe (and bathe) a little easier!