The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 363
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 363

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20 THE PALM BEACH POST' RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 j i :. i'S ; ' C ' . 'v . : ; m i Grab bars made to support weight Garage door safety check can prevent future tragedy BATHfrom 18 lock on the shower door should also be avoided. Another safety mechanism for this area is the grab bar. At least one grab bar should be installed to facilitate bathtub or shower entry. Towel bars or soap dish handles can't be used as substitutes. These items are simply not sturdy enough to support the weight of a human body if leaned on or pulled. The grab bar finish should be made of a non-slip material and should be free of any sharp edges, pinch points or painted ends to further reduce the risk of injury. A final item to take note of in the tubshower area is placement of the water controls. As stated earlier, scalding is a common bathroom injury. By installing water valves which regulate pressure andor temperature, you can avoid unexpected rushes of extremely hot water. "Valves to turn water off and on should be located away from the shower head so that water can be adjusted without having to reach through or stand under the stream," Lacroix said. "Bathtub controls should also be accessible from outside the tub, and should be placed either on the front edge or one of the two ends. If you put the valves at the back side of the tub, you'll either have to lean across it, which is a dangerous position, or climb into the tub to turn the water off." Knobs should always be clearly marked -to indicate motion patterns. Cold water should always be on the right and hot water on the left. Aside from the tubshower area, there are other aspects of the bathroom where safety precautions should be taken. There is potential for danger whenever electricity and water are in close proximity to one another. To help prevent accidents, the following guidelines should be adhered to. There should be no electrical receptacles or light switches within 60 inches of a water source. Switches, timers, etc., should be placed so that they are not readily accessible from inside any water fixtures. Also, be careful not to place switches or outlets in an area where they might be hidden by hanging towels or robes. And, if a light fixture is used above a tubshower, make sure the fixture is moisture proof. In addition to the above guidelines, a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) should be specified on all receptacles in the bathroom. Contact NKBA at (800) 401-NKBA for a list of bathroom designers in your area. Make sure your mechanism has a feature that causes it to reverse when an object obstructs the door as it is closing. Test the reversing feature every month. If the mechanism does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Test the force setting of the mechanism by holding up the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force is excessive and needs adjusting. Periodically test the balance of your door. With the door in the down position and the mechanism disconnected, you should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open. If the door is out of balance, have it adjusted. Many of today's modern garage door systems have electric eyes or edge sensors that provide an extra measure of safety against entrapment If your system doesn't have such safety features, consider adding one. Garage door system-safety maintenance takes only a few minutes. For a free brochure on garage door safety and maintenance, contact the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association at (800) 517-3404. A properly working garage door system usually provides safety, security and protection. Regular safety checks are especially important if you have children in the home or if your home is a gathering place for neighborhood children. A garage door is the largest moving object in most homes, and it can become one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment around the house. Experts from the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association urge you to discuss garage door safety with children who play in and around your garage. Teach children to keep hands and fingers clear of section joints, tracks and other door parts when the door is opening and closing. Explain the danger of being hurt or trapped under the door. Don't let anyone stand, walk, or run under a moving door. Playing "beat the door" is a dangerous game. Keep transmitters and remote controls out of reach of children. Be sure to mount the push-button wall control well above curious young heads. The button should be at least five feet from the floor and away form all moving parts. Never operate the door unless you can see it, and keep the door in sight until it closes. 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