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June is National Safety Month

The Skinny Part of a Bathroom:
Roll in Shower Chair Use

JUNE 2016

When trying to make an accessible bathroom, what is the Skinny Part of the bathroom where a wheelchair or walker will have the most trouble?

Almost 80% of bathrooms are the same size with a similar layout. 8 feet long by 5 feet wide with the shower or tub in back. See drawing.  small_bathroom_floor_plan
Most people would say the tightest spot in the bathroom is the bathroom door and they would be right and wrong at the same time.  Most bathroom doors are 24 inches with a clear space of 23 inches and have to be widened for wheelchair or walker use.  A Standard walker is 23.5 inches and a standard wheelchair is 27-28 inches.

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How can National Safety Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

  • Medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse
  • Driving, biking, and working safely
  • First aid and emergency preparedness
  • Preventing slips, trips, and falls

Everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries. Together, we can share information about steps people can take to protect themselves and others.

UV Safety Month - Safety starts with me!

 

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