When it comes to rooms in your house, the bathroom is right up there as one with the most potential threats to the personal safety of you and your family. From slips on wet floors after a bath or shower and burns from water that is too hot to handle to the obvious danger of electrical appliances, bathroom hazards to health are both many and varied.
Bathroom accidents – slips, trips and falls
When it comes to leaving bathroom appliances on after you have finished using them, you might think that trips and falls are some way down on the list of potential subsequent accidents. However, pieces of equipment such as hairdryers, hair straighteners and electric shavers come with wires which, if left strewn across the floor, can all too easily lead to a painful trip or fall accident occurring.
Slip accidents are also a common occurrence in bathrooms. They are usually caused by excess water on the floor following a bath or shower where the person did not pay sufficient attention to how and where they were drying. Numerous hard surfaces are present in the bathroom and the consequences of a slip or fall here can be extremely serious.
Bathroom accidents – appliances
Everyone knows that water and electricity do not mix. However, whilst electrocution is an obvious danger when it comes to bathroom accidents, most people are so aware of the potential for serious personal injuries that raising awareness is not really an issue. That said, appliances in the bathroom could cause accidents and injuries in a number of other ways, especially when they are left on after use.
A towel rail, for example, can turn a good shower or bath into a great one by ensuring you have a pleasantly warm towel to wrap up in after you have finished. However, leaving it on for too long can cause the rails to become extremely hot, leading to possible burn injuries. Therefore, the appliance should only be turned on just before you get in the bath or shower. Other appliances, such as hair gadgets, should be turned off and removed from the room as soon as you are done with them.
If you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, be it an incident with a faulty product or a slip or fall, call Accident Advice Helpline to establish if you are owed injury compensation.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice