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.
More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet.
And while most injuries increase with age, especially near the toilet, injuries around the tub and shower are most common among 15-24-year-olds. What’s more, the injury rate among women is 72% higher than that for men.
Here at Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’ve made important bathroom safety upgrades for hundreds of our customers throughout central New Jersey, and now we can do the same for you. Here are just a few examples:
Grab Bars: Installing grab bars at the toilet and in the bathtub or shower can significantly and economically increase safety. Plus, they come in a variety of attractive styles and colors.
Shower Faucet Location: Who said shower faucets have to be located inside the tub or shower stall, high up on the same wall as the shower head? The fact is, they can be installed wherever it’s most convenient and comfortable for you. We also install handheld showerheads, some with their own on/off switches for the ultimate in convenience.
Anti-scald Showerheads. These prevent sudden spikes in hot water caused by someone turning on another faucet while you’re in the shower.
Walk-in Tubs: Now you can go from “watch your step” to virtually no step at all.
High Seat Toilets: These reduce the risk of falling while sitting down or getting up from the toilet, especially among seniors.
Non-slip Floors: While ceramic tile may be the look you want, you can still have a great looking floor with a non-slip surface, such as vinyl, cork, bamboo, and even rubber.
GFCI Outlets: These shut off the supply of electricity should it suddenly come in contact with water to help prevent electric shock and electrocution.
No matter who’s living at home and what their ages might be, added bathroom safety is something we all could use. To learn more or schedule a free in-home needs analysis and safety upgrade proposal, contact Anthony’s today.