The Advantages Of Walk In Bath Tubs

By: Jim Corkern

The bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the home today. About 80 % of all home accidents happen in the bathroom and over 50 % of bathroom accidents involve the bath tub.

This makes it one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous places in your home. But do not despair, there are some fairly new products on the market as far as bath tub design that can help to reduce the rink of a slip, fall or injury.

Even though the elderly and the young are the most prone to bathroom accidents, anyone can become a victim if they are not careful. It may be that a new design in your bathroom may be just the thing that makes your bathroom safer, and the first issue to resolve is bath tub safety since it is the place where most accidents happen.

New walk in tubs are tubs that have doors that open so that you do not have to raise your legs and feet to step over the side wall of a bath tub. When you step up and over you are naturally off balance, and then adding the fact that the bathroom is usually more slippery from water or steam condensation just complicates the situation.

The doors on these walk in tubs have a sealing strip on the door so that they do not leak as they fill with water. And most of them have non slip surfaces. Then they have a seating area so that you do not have to submerge down into the water to wash. This keeps you from having to lift yourself from the tub to get up, therefore reducing the risk of slipping during this process.

The elderly enjoy this feature once their mobility starts to decline. The next advantage is that they come in many shapes, colors and designs so that you can find one to match just about any bathroom decor.

Faucets and water valves can be located in several positions to make them more accessible to the elderly who also reduces the risk of a slip and fall.

They are not complicated to install, so your plumber and carpenter can install the unit for you with minimal cost and disruption of your home. No more trouble to install than a normal tub or shower.

When it comes to bathroom safety, the walk in tub is king. Of course you should not neglect other safety precautions in your bathroom, or your home for that matter. But the walk in tub has the potential to reduce home accidents in a noticeable and measurable number.

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