Bathroom Home Safety Checklists


1) Are the sink, bathtub and shower faucets easy to use?

If the answer is no: Install lever handles on sink, bathtub and shower faucets.

2) Are the floor surfaces slippery?

If the answer is yes: Use non-skid mats or non-slip strips on bathtub and shower floors. To prevent tripping or slipping on bathroom rugs or mats, use only rubber-backed floor coverings that stay firmly in place, or secure them with double-sided rug tape or rubber carpet mesh.

3) Are there grab bars in the bathtub/shower and toilet areas?

If the answer is no:  Install grab bars in the bathtub, shower and toilet areas.

4) Is a low toilet seat making it hard to stand up?

If the answer is yes: Install a toilet seat extender or consider purchasing a toilet with a higher seat.

5) Are there exposed hot water pipes beneath the sink?

If the answer is yes: Insulate the hot water pipes berneath the sink.

6) Do you have a handheld or adjustable-height shower head?

If the answer is no: Install a handheld or adjustable showerhead.

7) Does the bathtub or shower have a bath seat?

If the answer is no: Install a bath seat or bench in the tub or shower.

8) Is the hot water heater set at 120°?

If the answer is no: Set the water heater to 120° to avoid scalding.

9) Is there good lighting?

If the answer is no: Install the highest wattage bulb that’s allowed for the fixture. Install a night- light and/or replace the light switch with an illuminated switch that can be seen in the dark.

10) Are small electrical appliances (including hairdryers, curling irons, shavers) plugged in when not in use?

If the answer is yes: Unplug all electrical appliances when not in use, and never use electrical appliances near a filled sink or bathtub.

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Before and After Bathroom Makeover with Living Well

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams®.

This is our downstairs bathroom.

You know.

If you have followed the blog for more than a hot minute you have seen it before.

Just between us?

I love this bathroom.

I love the tile floor.

I love the vintage heater.

I love the painted ceiling treatment that we created in an afternoon.

I love the mirror that I stood in front of on my wedding day.

But again—just between us.

Don’t you think it’s missing something?

Don’t you think it needs a little 2021?

I wanted to give it a makeover.

A new look.

A little before and after to kick off what is going to be an amazing year. I wanted it to be a sanctuary – a retreat from the chaos of the outside world. A place where I can live a little better.

So I changed it up a little.

And now?

The bathroom that used to look like this?

Looks like this.

Wait.

Just to make sure you are in the same bathroom.

Scroll up to the first picture.

And then scroll back down.

Please tell me you love this color as much as I do.

Isn’t it amazing?

It’s Let It Rain SW 9152.

The color is soft and subtle with a depth that the bathroom needed. It makes the tile pop and the molding look classic and crisp and clean.

My husband loved it so much he asked me if we could paint the outside of the house this color. I told him the house and I would think about it.

We remodeled this bathroom when we first moved into the house. See the back room with the shower? It originally went all the way through to the kitchen on the other side. There was a bathtub there with a door that opened up right by the back door.

We removed the door, walled it in, took out the bathtub and made a shower instead. This ended up being the perfect solution for guests that stay downstairs and created a private area for them. This shower room was originally painted Extra White SW 7006.

When we painted the central area of the bathroom, we decided to paint this room as well and we layered in the color Silver Strand SW 7057.

It is the prettiest light gray color that adds another dimension to this tiny space and opens it up and gives it its own personality.

The color gray is similar to the grout color that we used for the tile in the shower.

Even the towels match perfectly.

And as pretty as this paint is?

There’s something even more amazing about it.

You see, these two colors Let It Rain SW 9152 and Silver Strand SW 7057 are part of the

Sherwin-Williams new Living Well™ collection of palettes and innovative paint products designed to help you do more with the spaces in your home.

We painted the bathroom with SuperPaint® Interior

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Kohler’s CES 2021 bathroom designs include touchless toilets and a $16,000 tub

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

CES 2021 kicks off as a virtual event on Monday, but some companies are already offering a peek at their brand-new products. Kohler is ringing in 2021 with a host of new smart kitchen and bath products ranging from a smart water monitor to a $16,000 tub. 

We’ve seen smart toilets and voice-controlled faucets from the established manufacturer in years past, and this year the focus lands squarely on relaxing and home and keeping our hands free from germ-ridden surfaces as much as possible. 

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Stillness Bath

If you’d rather buy a bathtub than a used car, Kohler’s stillness bath might be right up your alley. This square tub combines light, fog and aromatherapy to create a spa-like experience at home. 

The bath is based on the practice of Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water fills from the bottom of the bath and overflows into a Hinoki wood moat. The tub is surrounded by lighting, but that’s not all. You can also choose to envelop the surface of your bath with a fog and add essential oils for aromatherapy. 

The Stillness Bath will be available this year in configurations ranging from $6,198 to $15,998 fully loaded. 

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Touchless Bathroom Faucet

If there’s anything a global pandemic taught us, it’s that touching stuff is not the best for personal hygiene, especially in the bathroom. Kohler released the Sensate touchless kitchen faucet in 2019, and this new bathroom-focused model offers the same hands-free interaction. Two styles will be available, one with built-in sensing in the faucet itself and another with a button beside the faucet. 

Pricing isn’t available yet, but Kohler says we should see the touchless bathroom faucet come to market by the end of 2021.

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Innate Intelligent Toilet

This intelligent toilet doesn’t technically have any smart home integrations, but it is pretty jam packed with extra features at a lower (but still expensive) price than the company’s previous intelligent toilets. Innate includes a heated seat, auto opening and closing, a remote, as well as a personal bidet function. Kohler also says you can install the toilet yourself thanks to its DIY-friendly ReadyLock design.

The Innate Intelligent Toilet will be available this summer with an MSRP of $3,100. 

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Touchless Toilet

Kohler is adding more touchless toilets to its portfolio for 2021, bringing us two new styles costing $600 and $1,000. A sensor in the flush lever of the toilet flushes with the wave of your hand. A built-in LED light can be customized through the Kohler app. Both of these toilets are slated for release in March of this year. I’ve never been so excited about a touchless bathroom as I am after living through 2020.

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Kohler-Phyn Smart Water Monitor

Perhaps the most affordable and

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