The number one cause of home injuries are slips, trips and falls and one of the most guilty culprits for causing such accidents is shower mishaps. Most at risk from fall injuries are children under the age of five and the elderly over the age of 70.
It can be extremely scary for pensioners to navigate a slippery bathtub and if someone you know has suffered an injury as the result of a slip, trip or fall then they can call Accident Advice Helpline and see if they are eligible to make a compensation claim.
Preventing shower mishaps
The best way to prevent these injuries is to take the following steps to create a no-slip zone:
- Add grab-rails and non-slip pads to the bath or shower: Inexpensive hand rails and pads can significantly increase stability when bathing, particularly for entering and leaving the bath.
- Non-slip floors or carpet in the bathroom: Having a non-slippery surface to stand on when leaving the shower is very important. Clean up water spills as soon as possible as just a few splashes on the floor can create a dangerous hazard.
- Use seats or stools in the shower: Having a seat or shower stool can make a huge difference and allow a relaxed bathing experience. Using a hand-held shower head allows comfort and safety at the same time.
- Keep water temperature low: Keeping your boiler thermostat below 120°F will mean less chance of scalding or surprisingly high temperatures which can cause a reaction and falls. Always make sure to test the water temperature before stepping into the bath since it is much safer this way.
- Go the whole way with a walk-in tub: This is an expensive option but if you can afford it then it does make the bathing experience much easier. Being able to walk straight in to the bath and not have to worry about climbing out will reduce the chance of injury.
Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with compensation claims for falls, trips, slips and other types of injuries for many years and offers a no-win no-fee* service for all our claimants.
If your injury was in the last three years and was caused by an accident that was somebody else’s fault then you can go ahead with a claim. Our friendly advisors will be able to lead you through the process on our Freephone helpline, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there is never any obligation to proceed with your claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice