Safety Stats for Your Bathroom

Safety Stats for Your Bathroom

The bathroom is a room with a wide range of uses. Besides its obvious utilities, it can also offer us a certain relaxing solace and, of course, some precious privacy.

We don’t necessarily spend extensive periods of time in the bathroom, but what time we do spend there is important. We bookend our daily routines with this room, starting when we wake and then before we sleep.

In fact, according to Infographics Archive, “the average person spends 813.3 days in the bathroom, which equates to over two years of their life.“

Surprised? We weren’t – we spend all day in a bathroom sometimes.

But while the bathroom fulfills so many functions for us, it also conceals many potential hazards. This may be especially true if your bathroom is outdated, or if it was designed poorly and/or without modern safety considerations. The sad fact is that most bathrooms will more than likely be lacking in one safety measure at the very least.

Some Bath Safety Stats

The most recent study conducted by the CDC produced some sobering statistics regarding injuries in the bathroom:

  • Approximately 370 individuals are injured in a bathroom every day in the U.S. making it the second most dangerous room in the house, bested only by the kitchen.
  • 66% of injuries that take place in bathrooms occur when people are either in the tub or the shower.
  • The most common of these injuries stem from ‘slips and falls” while either showering or bathing; they account for more than one-third, about 78,000, of all bathroom injuries in the United States.
  • Every year approximately 235,000 adults and teenagers over the age of 15 are admitted to emergency rooms in the U.S. due to these “slips and falls”.
    • Roughly 32,900, are subsequently hospitalized after first being admitted to the E.R.
  • 79% of bathroom-related injuries occur to individuals 65 and over.

The CDC study also revealed that, while 63% of U.S. homeowners have bathtub mats or non-skid strips to help reduce bathtub falls, only 19% of homes had grab bars.”

The study showed that injuries rise proportionately with one’s age, peaking at 85 years with the odds of an injury increasing greatly with each passing year.

Sometimes these injuries can mean a lifetime of treatment like physical therapy, and in some cases, they can cause paralysis or even death. It is estimated that about 1 person in the U.S. dies every day from a bathroom-related injury occurring in either the bathtub or the shower.

Thompson Creek Does Bath Safety

Even if your bathroom isn’t up to snuff right now, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take immediate steps to increase the safety in your bathroom. Some safety measures are quite inexpensive and easy to implement like removing any throw rugs, using anti-slip shower mats, and installing various types of safety bars.

Thompson Creek are your bathroom safety experts. With decades of industry experience, and the Thompson Creek name and quality to back it up, we are leading the way in bathroom safety. Call now to see how Thompson Creek can help make your bathroom safer.