The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 361
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 361

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18 THE PALM BEACft POST, RESIDENCE ApVERTjSING SECTION- SUNQAX, DECEIyTO 7 . , I MIIMitMM) milling . s. : ' . i.'Mllv.lllliiiisiiiiaii Bathroom can be designed for function, safety v- O LU il ill Jl I 1 F - v VI: i mends that slip-resistant surfaces be specified both in the tub and shower and in the area immediately outside the fixture. Another potential safety hazard are steps in the showertub area. "Steps leading up to a tub, or down into one may add glamour to a design, but they can also be extremely dangerous," Lacroix said. According to the guidelines established by the NKBA, no steps should be planned at the tub or shower area. Safety rails should be installed to facilitate transfer to and from the fixture. To reduce falls, the bottom of the tub should be nearly flat and surfaced with slip-resistant material. Sunken bathtubs are very dangerous and should be avoided. Another item to review in the bathing area is the shower door. It may not readily seem like a danger, but it can be if not planned properly. If the door is hinged as opposed to one that slides or folds open, it should always open into the room not toward the bather. In an emergency, it would then be possible to open the door to assist the person in the shower; if the door opened in the bather's body would block the door and prevent access. In addition, shatterproof glass should be specified in all instances. Any type of Besides cabinet style, color and fixtures, safety is perhaps the most important consideration when planning a new bathroom. "Safety is an important issue of which designers are very cognizant," said Doris Lacroix, president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. "And it's one that homeowners are placing more value on." It's no wonder. According to the National Safety Council, 200,000 people are injured yearly in bathrooms in the United States. The most common injuries result from slips or falls and scalding. It is possible, however, to prevent some of these accidents. According to Lacroix, a bathroom can be designed to reduce the possibility of injury. "Nothing is 100 percent," she ex-plains."But if a bathroom is designed properly, the chances of accidents occurring can be reduced." Planning for safety is especially important in homes which include small children or physically challenged people, or in homes with elderly adults who may be losing strength, eye sight or motor coordination skills. The NKBA has produced a set of guidelines for designing a safe and functional bathroom. The rules cover all design aspects from flooring to lighting. To help prevent falls, NKBA recom Photo by Andrew Bordwin, courtesy of National Kitchen and Bath Association. Grab bars in the tub and shower reduce the risk of serious injury in case of acci- Please see BATH20 dental slips. Ft Jr i a- ZTls L. A SLA S Zk- . 2 T A t j; C S C 1 ST T 5 T 2. ST 2. 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