January is National Bath Safety Month and it provides an opportunity to learn more about safety precautions that can reduce the risk of injury in the bathroom. One of the biggest safety concerns, are slips and falls in the bathroom. High sided tubs, slippery surfaces, and objects in and out of the shower, are all factors when it comes to slips and falls. But here at Tennessee Thermal we wanted to take a moment share a few ways to make your life easier and create a safer bathing experience for your home. Gain peace of mind this New Year by installing a custom-built walk-in tub, barrier free shower, or slip resistant surfaces, into the comfort of your own home.

Walk-In Tub

A walk-in tub is much safer than a traditional tub because of its unique design. With an easy-access door there is less chance of slipping and falling. And walk-in tubs come equipped with built-in safety seats that help prevent the risk of sliding down and becoming fully submerged. Another added feature… the built-in grab bars that add an extra layer of safety and security to your bathing experience. Plus, most walk-in tubs have relaxing hydrotherapy built-in. Making it a great choice for individuals suffering from poor circulation, arthritis, or muscle aches.

Barrier-Free Shower

A barrier-free shower is easily accessible compared to the standard high sided tubs. Virtually eliminating common tripping hazards that come with standard tubs. Plus, depending on the threshold style you choose it’s often possible to wheel a walker or wheelchair right into the shower.  Making in the perfect choice for individuals with limited mobility. Also, a barrier-free shower is easier to clean because they have fewer joints and seams; which means there are less places for soapy residue and mildew to build up. This can be beneficial to elderly people living independently because, a barrier-free shower demands less effort to clean than an average shower.

Slip Resistant Surfaces

Studies have shown that most falls in the bathroom happen when an individual is exiting the shower or tub. And if you are planning on remodeling your bathroom, it is important to consider bath and shower base surfaces that increase safety. Falls on slippery surfaces are one of the most frequently occurring accidents that lead to personal injury. While no surface is “slip-proof,” surfaces with textures can be “slip resistant”. That’s why having slip resistant surfaces installed in your bathroom is crucial in protecting yourself from injury. Also, slip resistant surfaces allow seniors to maintain their bathing independence and navigate the bathroom easily without the risk of falling. Having slip resistant surfaces installed in the bathroom is one of the easiest ways to significantly reduce the risk of slips and falls.

During National Bath Safety Month, we wanted to take a moment to share a few ways to make your life easier and create a safer bathing experience for your home. With a custom-built walk-in tub, barrier free shower, and slip resistant surfaces you can maintain your bathing independence and gain peace of mind. And here at Tennessee Thermal we’ve been helping homeowners with their home improvement projects since 1995. We’re here to help you create a safer bathing experience for your home and if you’ve been thinking about replacing that old high sided bath or shower, then give us a call at 650-727-9041 for a job you can depend on.