6 Simple Steps to Shower Safety

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Your shower is a quick and efficient way to get clean, but it can also be dangerous to your health. So why not invest in a few preventative measures? You could pay to completely remodel your bathroom or just make a few adjustments to feel safer and avoid serious personal injury.

1. Install grab bars

Install grab bars in the shower so you have a solid hold in case your foot hits a bar of soap or puddle. They’re fairly inexpensive, and there are various types to match your shower accessories. Make sure the bar is strong enough to hold your weight and connects to the wall’s structure so it doesn’t break off in the course of the fall. You don’t want a piece of your wall coming off in addition to hurting yourself.

2. Eliminate the step

Consider removing the step you could trip over when entering or exiting the shower. Newer homes often replace the step with shower glass doors that go to the floor or sunken bathtubs. If you choose to install glass shower doors, expect to pay between $920 and $1,300. This design also allows for disabled or elderly people to enter the shower more easily. Talk with a contractor about the best way to remodel the area to ensure optimal safety.

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3. Build a seat

Isn’t it easier to shave your legs or relax under the hot water with a seat in the shower? You can either have one built into the shower or buy one that handles water without degrading or rotting. There are freestanding chairs, fold-down seats, benches, and more to choose from. They come in various sizes and styles to match your shower decor. What you install depends on the dimensions of your shower and what feels most comfortable.

4. Lay down treads

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 370 people suffer bathtub or shower-related injuries on a daily basis in the U.S. To avoid this, you should install treads on the shower floor. Why? They add traction and cut down on your chances of slipping. Additionally, they’re inexpensive, come in a wide variety of colors and shapes, and could save you thousands in medical bills.

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5. Keep items within reach

When showering, it’s best to keep everything close at hand. You can purchase a shelf to hold brushes and soap. You can also hang a caddy from the top of the shower head or against the wall. There are also rings, hooks, and other items for easy storage. You might use the “soap-on-a-rope” design and squeeze bottles that hang on hooks. Soap and shampoo also come in dispenser forms to hang on hooks.

6. Watch the temperature

If your water heater is set to about 140 degrees, there’s a good chance your skin is coming out of the shower red. In such cases, you will need to set the temperature down to around 120 degrees, unless your skin is extremely sensitive, in which case consider around 110 degrees. If you need to stay aware of the temperature, you can install a digital readout. Some shower heads also indicate the temperature with an LED color indicator or numbers.

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