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A Checklist for Accident-Proofing Your Bathroom

Falls are the most common cause of household injuries – and they often happen in the bathroom. It’s no surprise that sleek tile floors, slippery soap and water can be a dangerous combination. In that case, keeping your bathroom as accident-proof as possible is essential – no matter how old you are.

Are you wondering what you can do? Follow this easy checklist to make sure your bathroom is the safest it can be.

Bathroom safety

  • Invest in non-slip grippers for your bathtub or shower.
  • Consider a toilet cover childproof latch to prevent toilet drownings.
  • Always use rugs on your bathroom floor, but keep them in place with non-slip floor mats. Another option – put double-sided tape on the bottom of your rugs to keep them in place.
  • Unplug and put away all electronic appliances, like hair dryers and curling irons. It’s easy to trip on the long cords if they’re left out.
  • Put a soft plastic or rubber guard over the tub spout to protect your child from accidentally bumping their head.
  • Reduce the clutter. Does your child have bath time toys? Keep them stored away in a cabinet or basket when not in use. This will prevent tripping and falling.
  • Childproof the bathroom doorknob. Add a childproof cover so that your young child can’t go to the bathroom without you – and is less likely to fall.
  • Teach your kids to stay seated in the tub at all times (until they’re old enough to safely stand on their own in the shower.)


  • Leverage handrails inside and outside your shower/tub. These are especially beneficial for older adults and young children.
  • Use nightlights in your bathroom. A middle-of-the-night bathroom trip requires some lighting –and nightlights provide just enough to prevent falling.
  • Use liquid soap instead of bar soap. It’s easy to drop bar soap – which means you have to bend over to pick it up. This increases risk of falling.
  • Keep stepstools tucked away. It’s understandable that you may need one nearby, but don’t keep it out in the open.
  • Keep bathtub/shower items to a minimum. The more clutter you have in the shower, the more likely something is to fall. Bending over to pick something up in a slippery bathtub increases risk of falling.

Bathrooms can be slick, dangerous places – but only if you let them be. Follow the checklist above to make your bathroom as accident-proof as possible. After all, no one wants to end a warm bubble bath with a trip to an urgent care center.

If a fall does happen, you can always count on GoHealth Urgent Care to be here for you. We often treat injuries resulting from falls and other accidents. Stop by our nearest location and do so with the location widget below – we’ll be waiting!


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