More people get hurt in a bathroom than in any other room in the house. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that each year, more than 400 people drown in bath tubs. Unfortunately, that doesn't include many hundreds more who slip or fall and injure themselves while getting into or out of a tub.

If you or your loved one has limited mobility, following a few tips can reduce the risk of falling.

  • Use a bath tub rail as you enter or leave the tub. There are many different styles that fit over the tub edge without damaging the tub. Be sure to select the right height and grip style to suit your needs.
  • Have grab bars professionally installed wherever they are needed. Grab bars come in a variety of lengths, textures and styles, and will help you balance as you stand or sit, as well as giving you something to hold if you begin to fall.
  • Have a professional install a tension pole between the floor and the ceiling in your bathroom. This will give you additional support in the bathroom as you move around.
Finally, if you or a loved one needs additionally help, make sure you ask for it. It may also be a good idea to consider a walk in tub or shower, that makes it easy to get in and out.