World Health Day

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The 7th April is World Health Day. We thought we would mark the occasion with a blog post which looks at Health from a few different angles.

Hygiene

Water is a scarce resource in many parts of the world, as we highlighted on World Water Day with our World Water Day info-graph that was created specifically for the occasion. There are millions of people all over the World who don’t have access to clean water for drinking or washing in.

Hygiene Fact 1

Washing your hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50% (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Hygiene Fact 2

Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease in the home. Wash your hands regularly using hot water and soap. Always wash your hands after visiting the WC and before and after preparing food.

Hygiene Fact 3

Did you know that when you flush the toilet, particles and germs from the toilet bowl can travel as far as six feet and linger in the air for around two hours? Always flush with the lid down! (NHS Choices website)

Accessibility in the Home

Within the UK we have an aging population, alongside this The Department for Work and Pensions estimates there are around 10 million disabled people in the UK. As we get older, or if we suffer with a debilitating illness, then we want to make life as easy as possible in the home. The bathroom in particular can be a troublesome area. Here are our top tips on how to make showering as safe and as easy as possible, whilst also keeping the bathroom space looking stylish and modern…

Level Access

Whether this is achieved by creating a wetroom, or by installing a low level shower tray, level access allows easy access into your showering area eliminating that troublesome step up.

Door-less Entry

By choosing a door-less enclosure such as a wetroom or a walk-in shower enclosure, you achieve totally unrestricted access.

Height Adjustable Shower Head

This is particularly important for a family home, as you can set the shower head at a lower height for those who prefer to sit when showering, but taller users can also set it to a comfortable height for their shower.

The Environment

When thinking about our health, we need to also consider the harmful chemicals in and around our environment and where possible reduce these. This can be in terms of CO2 emissions, to all work together to reduce Carbon output, of from simply the amount of chemicals we come into contact with on a daily basis.

We add Ultra Care pre-coated glass protection to all our Shower Enclosures and Bath Screens, which helps prevent dirt and grime from sticking, thus eliminating the need to use harsh chemicals in the bathroom.

If you want to create your own cleaning agent, Martha Stewart recommends Baking Soda:

  • Kitchen and Oven Cleaner: Mix a paste of 3 parts warm water to 1 part baking soda.
  • Bathroom Cleaner: Mix washing-up liquid with baking soda until you have a thick paste.

Happy World Health Day!