Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
These are also installed in some of the nursing homes and hospitals to ensure the safety of the patients. These are installed on the walls of the restrooms to assist in the use of tub and toilet. It is also fixed near to wash basins. It is fixed tightly on the walls so that it is strong enough to hold the weight of the person temporarily. Most people who have the tendency to slip and fall in wet bathrooms should consider installing these grab bars. Moreover it is quite helpful as it can be used as a support to get in and out of the tub or shower without the fear of falling. Important Features and Benefits: There are many significant features that distinguish the grab bars from ordinary bars used in restrooms and other places.
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.
Another advantage of installing grab bars in bathrooms is that it provides ample support to elderly people. It is also useful to people who tend to fall or slip without balance. Most people experience serious injuries due to accidental falls. This can be considerably avoided with the use of hand rails. The chances of falling are reduced to a large extent with the installation of grab bars. However it is necessary to know that grab bars can seldom be used by people who are totally handicapped. It is designed to provide support to people who can use their limbs partially. These bars are not designed to support the entire weight of the body for a long time.