Here is one clean history lesson for you: Bathrooms have been around since 3000 B.C. Many ancient religions required folks to purify themselves before entering a place of worship, which is why these essential spaces were invented. If the local water source was too far, washrooms were built to help people easily cleanse themselves without traveling too far. The concept of a private room dedicated to personal grooming is a fairly recent invention, since bathrooms of the past were primarily public places. Thank goodness that we now live in an age where bathrooms are a fixture in most modern dwellings.
Putting the rich history and utility of bathrooms aside, these spaces are also one of the most hazardous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that approximately 234,000 people over the age of 15 go to the emergency room each year for bathroom-related injuries. Coupled with fire risks, your powder room could be overflowing with trouble.
As part of my recent partnership with Leeo, I’ve inaugurated a series about ways you can protect every nook and cranny of your house. In this installment, I'll go over five bathroom safety tips that will drastically lower your risk of fire. So, without further ado:
IN THE BATHROOM, MAKE SURE YOU:
1) Have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) as the electric receptacle. These special outlets prevent electric shocks by immediately turning off the power whenever there's an imbalance.
2) Never leave lit candles unattended. All candles should be at least 12 inches away from walls, linens, and anything else that could burn. If you're just trying to freshen up the room, use non-toxic air fresheners instead.
3) Unplug all hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons immediately after use. Once you're finished, position the appliance so that the hot surface doesn't touch anything.
4) Put a stop to your indoor smoking. Smoking should always be done outside of the home for both fire safety and health reasons. However, if you choose to smoke inside the bathroom, always have an ashtray handy and stub out the cigarette as soon as you're done. Once you're sure the cigarette has been extinguished, empty the ashtray and wash it out.
5) Keep towels a safe distance away from all heat sources. Be sure to shut off heat lamps as soon as you leave the bathroom.
Wash away your fire fears and cross off all of my five tips! If you tweet a photo of one of your accomplished tips, and tag it with the #LeeoTips and #FireSafety hashtags, you may end up with a special Leeo gift.
Over and out!
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