Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant bars are the only ones to use and are available most anywhere and are fairly simple to install when following the instructions provided with no shortcuts to ensure a proper installation. When installed properly they are rated to withstand a 500 lbs. pull. Most bars come in various lengths from 12 to 48 inches for the straight ones to ones that have right angles and even ones that can be custom made if you have an unusual or specific install situation. Diameters are 1 1/2 (commercial) and 1 1/4 inch with 1 1/2 inch clearance between bar and surface. The 1 1/4 inch diameter is ample for any residential use.
Remember that grab bars are small enough to go anywhere and can be placed on the wall in front of your toilet or beside it. Since there are several diameters you can try and get one that will fit in the tightest spaces for compact and durable safety. If your greatest fear is that the grab bar wont match whats in your bathroom there is something for you too! Grab bars dont have to be just plain old stainless steel nor do they have to be plain on the ends or attach so coldly into the wall. Available for user enjoyment are other colors such as white or bronze and there are some styles available that are very pretty and pleasant to look at as well. These kinds of grab bars are wonderful additions to your home and best of all the beauty of the items do not take away from the safety they provide.
Bathrooms are full of hazards and for those with restricted mobility including the elderly disabled and even those just slightly unsteady on their feet using the bathroom can be a difficult even dangerous exercise. Bathroom floors are traditionally wooden covered with linoleum vinyl or tiled all of which can become slippery when splashed with water and cause a bathroom user to lose their footing possibly injuring themselves. Bathroom facilities are often difficult to use for even people with only slight mobility impairment. Taking a bath or shower over the tub can be hard as it requires a person to step over a high ledge and lower themselves into the bath tub which can also itself be slippery.