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Old 05-15-2009, 02:00 PM
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Regardless of whether you have a shower or a tub, you should have slip-resistant strips to stand on or a stool to sit on. These items will lessen the chance of a fall.
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When stepping out of the shower or tub, you should be stepping onto a rug that has a slip resistant bottom on it.
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If you use additional grab bars for assistance in the tub/shower, you should make sure that they are securely held in place. Also, you should not rely solely on these bars as they are for assistance only and not meant to hold all of your weight.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:01 PM
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You should make sure that all of your medications, sprays, cleaning products, cosmetics and hair care products are all stored in a cabinet with child-proof locks out of the reach of children.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:01 PM
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Keep all electrical items – hair dryers, electric razors – away from the water in the sink and tub.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:01 PM
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Never let young children bathe by themselves. An adult should always be in the room with this while they are in the water.
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Store all bathroom cleaners in a locked cabinet so that children cannot get to them.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:02 PM
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If you use candles while soaking in the tub, make sure that they are blown out before leaving the room.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:02 PM
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Make sure that the temperature of your hot water heater is not above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help prevent an accidental scalding from water that is too hot.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:03 PM
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When taking a bath or shower, it is wise not to lock the bathroom door. This is because if you slip and fall or somehow otherwise become injured, a locked door will prevent someone from being able to come to your aid quickly.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:59 PM
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If you are bathing an infant or toddler, make sure you have an infant tub or seat to hold the child. Infant tubs and child seats greatly reduce the risk of accidental water ingestion and/or drowning.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:00 PM
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As you fill the tub to bathe a small child, remember that their skin is far more sensitive than your own, and what you might consider to be a "normal" bath temperature may be quite hot for them. You will also want to invest in covers for your tub faucet so the child does not touch the potentially hot faucet or its handles.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:49 PM
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When your child is first learning to brush their teeth, make sure you buy a toddler-friendly toothpaste without fluoride, to prevent poisoning if the toothpaste is actually swallowed. As your child gets older and moves to a fluoridated toothpaste, supervise their brushing to make sure they are not using too much.
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:45 PM
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As dumb as this sounds, when the toilet is not in use, CLOSE THE LID. If you have pets, they may decide the toilet bowl makes a good substitute for their water dish and they could fall in if they have balance issues.
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:47 PM
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If you have an electrical outlet near a bathroom sink, if you live in a newer dwelling odds are it has a safety switch which will break the circuit the moment it comes in contact with water. If you live in an older dwelling, this may not be the case. If you do have a safety switch, test it monthly. If you do not, it might not be a bad idea to install one.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:40 AM
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As dumb as this sounds, when the toilet is not in use, CLOSE THE LID. If you have pets, they may decide the toilet bowl makes a good substitute for their water dish and they could fall in if they have balance issues.
This is particularly important if you use an automatic toilet-bowl cleaner, particularly the in-tank or drop-in varieties that color or scent the water; your animal may get sick as a result of the chemicals added to the bowl water.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:42 AM
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Exclamation Bathroom safety tips

If you keep your cat's litter box in the bathroom, clean up any litter that Kitty kicks out or tracks out of the box. Some of the clumping varieties get very slippery when wet, which can lead to a fall when getting in or out of a wet tub.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:49 PM
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Exclamation Bathroom Safety Tips

If you shower regularly, don't forget to scrub the bottom of your shower stall or tub. Even with shower sprays and automatic shower cleaners, today's shampoos, conditioners, soaps and body washes contain ingredients that can build up on the floor and make things extremely slippery. Keep a sponge or "eraser"-type cleaner in or near the tub!
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:05 AM
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Lightbulb Clean bathtub and shower drains prevent pains in the...rear!

In the above post (May 19th, 2013) I recommended you keep the shower or tub floor clean to avoid slippery surfaces. Another area to keep clean is the bathtub DRAIN! Hairs falling from your head or your beard (like mine! ) can eventually choke off your drain and allow water (and soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) to accumulate and contribute to slippery surfaces. There is a manual device. sold at hardware and big box stores, that looks something like the branch of a rose bush that you insert into the drain and pull right back out that does a great job in pulling out long and heavy clumps of hair. (Don't do this immediately after using a strong chemical drain cleaner to avoid splashback and burns.)
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