Creative Kitchen and Bath
September, 2016

       - A New Look
       -  Five Ways to Create a Safer Bathroom

A New Look

We hope you enjoy our new newsletter format which makes it even easier to offer the latest looks and ideas for your home.
Five Ways to Create a Safer Bathroom

According to the National Safety Council, approximately 70% of all accidents occurring in the home happen in the bathroom - accounting for nearly 200,000 accidents each year.  While it is difficult to eliminate risks entirely, you can make your bathroom safer for the whole family by following a few simple steps:


The splash of taking a bath often leads to slippery surfaces.  For flooring, eliminate slick materials such as porcelain and granite in favor of choices with more texture.  If ceramic is a must, look for certified slip resistant options.  When in doubt, opt for smaller bathroom tiles; more grout lines mean better traction.
2)       MAKE IT LEVEL

You don't need a large walk-in shower to get one with a low threshold.  Trips can be as dangerous as slips, so a safer shower pan that is level with the floor, makes it easy to step inside.

3)       GET A GRIP

Installing grab bars in the shower and next to the tub is a good idea for everyone, but especially for those looking to stay in their homes as they age.  Most come in a variety of designs and finishes.

There are locks for every style of cabinet or drawer.  If you have small children (or if they visit) remember to lock away medications, small electrical appliances and cleaning supplies.  Above all never leave children unattended in the bath or shower.


Water heater thermostats can be preset up to 140 
degrees, a temperature that can burn sensitive skin.  
Reduce the risk by setting your water heater to 120  degrees.  For added peace of mind, install a shower  system with a digital temperature readout.  Some  shower heads and hand-held showers show the  temperature of the water via an LED color indicator  as well as a digital numerical readout.

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