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The 8 Most Dangerous Places in Your Home and How to Fix Them

By: chief on March 5, 2014, 2:25 p.m.

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The Bathroom

Not surprisingly, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the home. The combination of water and slick surfaces inevitably results in falls. Bathmats and safety strips (in and out of the shower) are the obvious solution, as well as good, sturdy handrails. Running the ventilation fan while showering also helps reduce the buildup of condensation on tile floors and countertops. 

Scalding water is a less obvious danger. The recommended safe temperature for household water is 120 degrees. However, many hot water heaters cannot be set accurately. Test bath water for toddlers and the elderly by holding your arm under the water for at least 30 seconds. (Text: UL)