A Primer For Fall-proofing Your Bathroom
We spend a great deal of time in a place where significant fall risks lurk – the bathroom. The bathroom is the number one place for falls in the home – ironically, it is also the most likely to be overlooked when it comes to fall prevention safety.
The moment you set foot into your bathroom, you have entered a zone of unstable footing due to slippery or wet showers, tubs and floors. Bathroom rugs are often slippery and gather when stepping onto and are also significant trip and fall hazards.
Rather than elect to become another bathroom fall statistic, understanding fall risks and implementing interventions can significantly reduce your risk of slip and fall accidents.
Coefficient Of Friction – Measuring The Fall Risk
Coefficient of Friction describes friction levels on flooring both dry and wet. Floors with low COF levels are more likely to be slippery and pose a fall risk. OSHA and ADA recommend friction levels of flooring surfaces to be .5 and above in order to be considered safe. Friction levels falling below that are critically dangerous when wet. Most homes are have floor, tub and shower friction levels of .5 or below.
What You Can Do To Reduce Fall Risk In The Tub or Shower
Most homes use non-slip mats in the shower. Not only can these become breeding grounds for, harboring countless bacteria and mold, but they are also major trip hazards and should not be used for sure footing.
Non-slip shower treatments are a longer-lasting, healthier alternative to tub or shower mats. The treatment is simple, environmentally friendly and drastically reduces fall risk by increasing the friction levels on wet floors, tub and shower surfaces. There is no visible change to the surface – the only time you will notice the treatment, is when the bathroom, tub or shower areas are wet. Then, you will have increased friction for better traction and safer navigation on wet surface areas.
The non-slip treatment will take your once dangerously low friction levels to OSHA and ADA safety recommended higher levels so you can navigate your bathroom safely and with confidence.