Slippery Wet Surfaces: How to Deal with Accidents in the Bathroom?  

by Pool Builders on 09-04-2011 in Articles

Slippery wet surfaces like slippery bathtubs in homes and slippery swimming pools in clubs are reasons for a large number of accidents. Accidents in bathrooms resulting from slip and fall in a bathtub is common among children and elderly. Children fall because of their scampering while old aged people slip because of weak muscles and bones. Bathtubs are either made of porcelain or enamel which become quite slippery when wet.

To reduce the possibility of falling inside a bath tub the bottom is often studded with smooth rounds or flattened columns. Mats of rubber are often used on bottoms of slippery bathtubs. Rubber mats are a very effective way of preventing slip and fall accidents in bath tubs. It is not always possible to keep children under constant supervision, particularly during their time of bath. Rubber mats are durable and could be used continuously for many months.

In case it is difficult to get rubber mats, slippery bath tubs could be given chemical treatments. These treatments are long lasting and add sophistication to your bathroom. Both enamel and porcelain surfaces could be treated with chemicals for preventing slips and falls even when the bathtub is wet. Usually, importance is never given to bathrooms and bathtubs when applying treatment for anti-slipping is concerned. This carelessness is never advisable as accidents could happen any moment.

Non-slip treatments not only perform the main task of preventing slips in bath tubs but also protect the tub from chipping and early wearing. In fact a chemical treatment for a slippery bathtub could last up to five years.

Slippery swimming pools are also notable areas of slip and fall accidents. Areas at the edges of a swimming pool are most vulnerable sites for accidents. To prevent this swimming pool edges are always laid with cleavage tiles that offer maximum resistance to wet feet. Areas beyond these edges could be paved with tiles of granite, terrazzo, ceramics or limestone. Regular chemical treatment helps in preventing slips and falls on these surfaces.

Inside of swimming pools are also to be kept slippage free, particularly kids' pools. Children love to frolic and play in water for long hours. Slip and fall could lead to serious injuries and must be prevented. Regular cleaning of pool water is mandatory since standing water could result in the growth of algae and moss that cause slippages. Chemical treatment of the pool bottom usually made of ceramic tiles not only prevents slippery swimming pools but also improves its appearance.

Extensive use of rubber mats particularly at the edges and at the head of steps prevents slippages after your exit from water. Rubber mats not only drain your feet of excess water but also help to dry your feet soles partially. Sometimes rubber mats are laid along the entire path from the swimming pool to changing room. These mats offer dual benefits of preventing slipping and keeping the pool area neat and dry.

Slippery swimming pools are best treated by professional people as it requires sufficient expertise and experience. A regular treatment is advisable since a pool is used by several people regularly.

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