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Common Bathroom Dangers

The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the house. However, it is also one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. Due to a combination of splashed water and hard surfaces, as well as other hazards, the bathroom can be a source of injury for you and those you love.

While elderly people and children are more susceptible to bathroom dangers, an improperly managed restroom can lead to injuries to anyone. First, drownings are a definite hazard. Babies can drown in only two inches of water, so unattended bathtubs, unlatched toilets, and sinks full of water can all become potential death traps.

Also, if a water heater is incorrectly regulated, this can cause serious burns to a person’s face and body. Burns from scalding hot shower or bathwater are one of the most common types of bathroom injuries, and having a too-hot maximum setting on your water heater can lead to scalds.

Lastly, restrooms should be equipped with certain safety features to help protect the bathroom users. Water splashed onto a tiled or other hard floor can make it slick and contribute to falls. Thus, it is a good idea to provide bathmats with good grips to help soak up spilled water. Additionally, rails in the shower and bath gives a person a place to hold on to in case of slippage.

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Places that offer bathrooms to the public, such as hotels and other businesses, should safely equip their facilities to help protect people from injuries. However, negligence on behalf of the premise owner can result in an improperly managed restroom—and injury to you or someone you know.

If you or someone you love has been harmed in a bathroom injury, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer about gaining financial compensation. For more information, contact the Wisconsin premises liability attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.

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