Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
There is nothing worse than installing a toilet grab bar around your toilets only to find out later that they werent supported properly. If youve ever went to grab onto a safety grab bar around a bathtub or a toilet only to find out that it pulled off the wall it probably wasnt secured properly. This isnt something that happens a lot in commercial properties hotels or new construction but if youre seriously considering installing grab bars around your toilets and bathtubs it wouldnt be a bad idea to make sure that they were installed correctly. I have seen these grab bars attached in so many different ways that create safety hazards for anyone who put enough pressure on them.
Along with the disabled and elderly families with young children and even a pregnant mom will benefit from the extra added security in being able to safely enter and exit a bathtub or shower area. We all know slipping and falling on a wet bathroom surface is no fun and can be dangerous. The first point here is to be sure we have the correct bar. Being that this is a wet environment most bars are stainless steel but there are other moisture resistant choices such as powder coat paint brass and even different shapes that dont quite look like the traditional curve ended institutional stainless although stainless is the most functional and cleans up the best.
What can you do to have style function and safety in your bathroom without breaking the bank or a hip? One solution can be choosing decorative grab bars or increased safety bathroom accessories. Heres 5 steps to guide you through this process. Step 1 - Identify the features and benefits you need - Since these bars and accessories come in many sizes shapes and styles youll want to identify what features and benefits are most important to you. Some items to consider are: Choosing an ergonomic universal design- curved and rounded designs are easier to grip than straight designs. Also a research study done by the University of Buffalo determined a wave or curved designed bar was more ergonomic than a straight bar due to the angle of a bar when a person gripped the bar.