January is Bath Safety Month. Yes, I know -- there seems to be a month devoted to awareness for just about every problem. But this one actually deserves a little attention. Falls at home injure millions of Americans every year, but here are simple things you can change inexpensively in your bathroom to make it safer.
- Use a non-slip mat or install adhesive safety strips or decals in bathtubs and showers. If you use a bath mat on the floor, choose one that has a non-skid bottom.
- Install grab bars in bath and shower stalls. Do not use towel racks or wall-mounted soap dishes as grab bars; they can easily come loose, causing a fall.
- Keep the floor clean and dry. Promptly clean up grease, water and other spills.
- If you use throw rugs in the bathroom or anywhere your home, place them over a rug-liner or choose rugs with non-skid backs to reduce your chance of slipping on this very common trip and fall hazard.