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A full 80% of falls happen in the bathroom, according to NewsUSA, quoting a National Institute on Aging statistic. This makes the bathroom one of the most dangerous rooms to be in. But there's no avoiding the bathroom, you have to use it every day. That's where bathroom safety equipment comes in. By installing the correct products in your bathroom, you can take control of your independence while keeping safe and avoiding injuries. At BLACKBURN'S, we offer helpful products such as grab bars, shower chairs, toilet seat risers and so much more. Browse our full line of bathroom safety equipment by clicking the button below.

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Bathroom Safety FAQs


What’s the Difference Between a Shower Chair and Transfer Bench?

While transfer benches and shower chairs both help keep you safe when bathing, they work a little differently. Shower chairs mainly allow you to stay seated while you shower to keep from falling, but they don’t help you get in and out of the shower or bath. Transfer benches are wider than shower chairs in a way that they fully support you both getting in and out of the tub, and while you’re in the shower itself. If you are just looking for a seat in the bath, a shower chair is the way to go! If you need a little extra support, check out a transfer bench. These straddle the tub wall and allow great support and added safety.

How are Grab Bars Installed?

One of the best things about grab bars is how easy they are to install. These bars can be attached with a drill to many surfaces including:

  • Drywall
  • Tile
  • Fiberglass
  • Stone
  • Concrete
  • Paneling
  • Wood

What Products Should Be Removed from the Bathroom to Make it Safer?

Not only can equipment be added to the bathroom, but there are many simple steps you can take at home by just removing some things! Here is just a short list of things to remove to make your bathroom safer:

  • Bath rugs
  • Cords
  • Clutter on the floor
  • Soap bottles sitting on the edge of the tub


How Tall Should the Toilet Be to Be Considered Safe?

If you’re wanting your seat to comply with the ADA (American Disabilities Act), your toilet must be between 17 and 19 inches from the floor, including the seat. For reference, a standard toilet typically measures 15 to 16 inches.

Are Baths or Showered Safer for Aging Adults?

Baths and showers both pose risks for aging adults, and really, a lot of this comes down to ability and preference. Some adults prefer a tub and are physically capable of using this, while others with less mobility find stepping into a shower easier. Talk with your doctor to decide which option is safest for you.

Where Should Grab Bars Be Placed in a Bathroom?

Grab bars are often best placed near the toilet to assist with siting and standing as well as in the shower to assist with getting in and out.