ADA Compliance: Why Grab Bars Create a Safe and Comfortable Environment for All
by Jerry Piscitelli
Did you know that approximately 53 million Americans live with a disability? According to a recent study, the most common disability is associated with a mobility limitation such as walking, bending down, climbing stairs, etc. These complications undoubtedly cause physical and mental distress, leaving people feeling uncomfortable and at times discouraged. To rid people of these stresses, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. It requires all state and government agencies, private employers with 15 or more employees, and commercial/public entities to be ADA compliant.
The ADA standards ensure that all electronics and technology are accessible to people with disabilities, providing them with a safe and comfortable experience. Many of these technologies are found in bathrooms and showers, and they accommodate people of all ages and/or disabilities. In public facilities, restrooms and hallways have been made more accessible, and safety equipment has been installed. The most common safety device is a grab bar, which has become essential in maintaining a safe environment at home and work.
Why Should You Own a Grab Bar?
Generally, grab bars prevent falls and potential injuries by allowing people to grasp them, particularly during an emergency. In the case that we may experience dizziness, fatigue, or a loss of balance, it is essential to have something there to grab onto. After all, safety is first!
Grabs bars differ from towel racks and shower rods in that they are able to withstand a significant weight without pulling away from the wall. Not to mention, these devices are designed to match every bathroom/living space. They come in various finishes such as Brushed Nickel and Polished Chrome, and they include safety features that allow for a more secure grip. Since grab bars are ADA compliant, they must be mounted to studs and fasteners and comply with specific height requirements.
ADA Height Requirement for Grab Bars
- Toilet must be 16" - 18" to an adjacent side wall or partition
- Sidewall must be a minimum length of 54"
Rear Grab Bar:
- Must be mounted33"- 36" above the floor
- Must be at least 36" long with the end closer to the side wall mounted at least 12" from the centerline of the toilet and extend at least 24" on the other side
- Can be permitted to at least 24" long if wall space does not permit at least 36"
Side Grab Bar:
- Must be at least 42" long and mounted a maximum 12" from the back wall
- The end of the grab bar must extend a minimum of 54" from the back wall
Without a doubt, it is important that we understand bathroom safety and the necessary steps we must take to avoid any potential dangers. You can certainly start by making sure your home is equipped with the most secure safety devices and accessories.
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