Who would ever think that bathing and showering could be so dangerous? Annually, about two-thirds of all accidental injuries happen in the bathtub or shower according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which estimates the number to be well over 225,000 bathtub related slip and fall incidences every year.
Believe it or not, one of the most hazardous activities for all ages are bathing, showering and getting out of the tub or shower. (Only 2.2 percent of injuries occur while getting into the tub or shower, but 9.8 percent occur while getting out.) Alarmingly, injuries in or near the bathtub or shower account for more than two-thirds of all emergency room visits.
The high risk of injury involved in a bathroom fall is related to the fact that bathrooms are typically small rooms and the surfaces in them are often hard and/or wet. This increases both the likelihood of falls and the chance that a falling person will hit something that will cause further injury. The CDC recommends having non-slip surfaces installed on tub and shower floors and installing grab bars by the tub, shower and toilet. Floors in both public and private bathrooms should be cleaned regularly to prevent buildup of water, soap or debris that might also cause a slip and fall.
Commercial Bath Refinishing highly recommends the use of our non-slip process when having a bathtub refinished. We offer a professional solution and are committed to help property management companies reduce their liability and help keep residents and home owners safe while accessing their bathtub or showers.
The non-slip feature of a refinished bathtub is a silica sand additive that is applied to the bathtub bottom during the refinishing process in order to help against slip and fall hazards. Though the application of this material is estimated to meet or exceed the coefficient of friction requirements for wet locations, it is a hand laid process and therefore it is recommended to have all refinished bathtubs professionally inspected and tested with a slip meter to ensure that your specific requirements are satisfied.
Education is important about activities in the bathroom that more frequently result in injury, notably getting out of tubs and showers. Installing a non-slip surface in the tub or shower and increasing awareness of potentially hazardous activities in the bathroom can benefit all household residents by decreasing the risk for injury and liability.