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12.07.2018

Accidents in the bathroom: How to prevent slips and trips

Accidents in the bathroom are among the most common and most serious accidents in the home. But with the right measures, the risk of slipping and tripping in the bathroom can be reduced. Non-slip surfaces in the bath or shower will help to prevent dangerous accidents.
Accidents in the bathroom are among the most common and most serious accidents in the home. But with the right measures, the risk of slipping and tripping in the bathroom can be reduced. Non-slip surfaces in the bath or shower will help to prevent dangerous accidents.

Why do accidents in the bathroom happen?

In Germany, every year around 250,000 people are hurt or injured as the result of an accident in the bathroom – and 44,000 of them are children. However, people who are unsteady on their feet and the elderly are other high-risk groups for accidents in the bathroom. The most common accidents include slipping in the bath or on wet tiles in the shower, because the combination of smooth surfaces, water and soap increase the risk, as does tripping over thresholds or items on the floor.

What are the consequences of bathroom accidents resulting from slipping or tripping?

The consequences of slipping or tripping are usually serious because of the combination of small spaces, hard surfaces such as tiles or natural stone, and sharp edges and rims of furniture, washbasins or baths bring a fall to an sudden halt. The most common injuries therefore including painful contusions or broken bones, especially arms and hands, and in the very worst case an unfortunate fall can even result in death.

How can I protect myself from slippery surfaces and falling in the bathroom?

Naturally, the bathroom floor should always be tidy – plenty of storage space in the form of undermounted furniture and cupboards will help to keep order. Oil, puddles and leftover shampoo or shower gel on the bottom of the bath should always be rinsed away immediately. It is also a good idea to keep the bathroom floor warm, because walking around on tiptoe to prevent your feet from getting cold makes you less steady on your feet.

If using bathmats in the bathroom, they should have a non-slip backing to prevent them from moving around on the floor. Handles are a good idea for people who are unsteady on their feet, as they provide additional safety when walking and standing still. Good, glare-free lighting in the bathroom also increases the safety.

Whether building new or renovating, a further trip hazard can be eliminated in the bathroom by using e.g. BetteFloor by Bette, as this flush-to-floor solution has no rim on the shower tray. Another advantage is that the robust surface in glazed titanium steel is also available with an anti-slip surface that increases the safety when moving around and standing still.

What anti-slip surfaces are recommended for baths and showers?

Anti-slip surfaces that are fired into the surface are highly recommended for showers and baths. They offer the required safety when walking and standing still, and promise a carefree shower experience.

In BetteAnti-Slip, Bette offers a solution for its shower areas and baths in glazed titanium steel that complies with the requirements of rating group B for wet-loaded barefoot areas (DIN 51097) and the barrier-free standard DIN 18040. Their safety function is indicated by a distinctive pattern that marks the areas where the anti-slip quartz sand mixture has been permanently fired into the glaze.

The enamel surface BetteAnti-Slip Pro also offers greater comfort and safety when moving around and standing still in the shower, which also offers the high safety standard in the anti-slip class R10. This enamel surface is roughened (which can neither be seen nor felt), and with its greater slip resistance offers the optimum safety when showering – over the whole area. Moreover, this solution is scarcely visible to the eye, so does not detract from the flawless aesthetics of the elegant Bette shower trays and areas – beauty and the glazed titanium steel material in consummate unity.

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