A warm bath can be extremely soothing while relieving achy joints and muscles, but make sure you stay safe. The National Safety Council reports that each year, more than 400 people drown in bath tubs. And that doesn't include many hundreds more who slip or fall and injure themselves while getting into or out of a tub.
Follow these tips to stay safe while bathing: <ul> <li>Use a bath tub rail as you enter or leave the tub. There are many different styles that fit over the tub edge without damaging the tub.</li> <li>Have grab bars professionally installed wherever they are needed. Grab bars come in a variety lengths, textures and styles, and will help you balance as you stand or sit, as well as giving you something to hold if you begin to fall.</li> <li>Have a professional install a tension pole between the floor and the ceiling in your bathroom. This will give you additional support in the bathroom as you move around.</li> <li>If you have weak legs, purchase a bathtub bench or chair that helps you get into the tub. These products fit over the edge of the tub with legs inside and outside the tub and you sit on the bench and slide across. Once you are in the tub, your body is even with the edge of the tub.</li> <li>Mechanical bath lifts (powered by batteries or water) will help you lower yourself into the tub. No slippery tubs. Install non-slip treads or a bath mat inside the tub. Keep the tub clean to avoid slippery soap scum or mold.</li> </ul> If you enjoy baths, there's no reason to avoid them. By following these simple precautions, you can enjoy your bath and stay safe!