Common sense up­grades to make your bath­room safer

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From burns to slips to trips, bath­rooms can be hazardous. In fact, hun­dreds of thou­sands of in­juries oc­cur in the bath­room an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC).

Hot wa­ter can be a dan­ger­ous bath­room peril. More than half a mil­lion scald burns oc­cur in the U.S. an­nu­ally ac­cord­ing to the CDC. Pre­vent “shower shock” by set­ting your wa­ter heater at a max­i­mum of 120 de­grees F.

One of the most po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous bath­room ac­tiv­i­ties is get­ting in and out of the bath­tub safely. Grab bars, hand grips or tub grips around your bath­tub or shower can help you keep your bal­ance. And th­ese days, safety fea­tures don’t need to look drab or in­sti­tu­tional. Brands like Moen are mak­ing such fix­tures avail­able in a va­ri­ety of styles and fin­ishes to com­ple­ment bath­room dé­cor. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.

Lastly, women who shave in the shower need to be ex­tra care­ful. Avoid slips with a shower seat. To make this a prac­ti­cal op­tion, use a hand­held show­er­head to ma­neu­ver wa­ter eas­ily from a seated po­si­tion.

With a few safety up­dates, you can make your bath­room a safer place to pam­per and prep.

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