Yes, the headline is correct — January is bath safety month. While it may not always be apparent, the bathroom can cause a number of accidents, and it's important to take measures to prevent them.
ADA Compliant Fixtures
ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act, and was enacted to guarantee that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.1 In the kitchen and bath industry, that means keeping bathrooms accessible and safe for those who have a disability. However, fixtures that are ADA compliant can keep those of us without disabilities safe too. Check out our complete line of ADA fixtures and accessories.
Depending on the fixtures and appliances in your home, you may run the risk of scalding yourself if you do not carefully monitor your bath or shower's water temperature. A few ways to ensure that water temperatures stay at a safe level are:
- Make sure your water heater is set below 125ºF. Exposure to temperatures greater than 125ºF can cause instant burns and scalding.
- Select fixtures that have built-in safety features. Many thermostatic valves have integrated temperature safety features to prevent scalding. Some fixtures also have temperature regulation features to prevent shots of hot water when someone in your home flushes a toilet.
- Always test the water before entering the tub or shower.
To prevent falls in the bathroom that can lead to serious injury, make sure your tub has an anti-slip texture built in or purchase an anti-slip mat for your tub or shower. Additionally, to prevent slips when entering and exiting your bath and shower, absorbent mats are essential. They absorb and water that drips from your body and prevent slips due to standing puddles of water.
Bathrooms can be the most relaxing room in a home, but they can also be the most dangerous. Taking measures to prevent accidents will make everyone in your home safer.
To help you take advantage of this opportunity to increase the safety of your own bathroom, we're offering 10% off any accessible or safety bath fixtures for the rest of the month. Simply mention the code BATHSAFETY172 when placing your order to take advantage of this limited-time discount.