When it comes to safety and stability, we want nothing less than the best. Grab bars are meant for people who need them and they should be sturdy enough so that the person using them can feel safe in their movements.
However, with so many different types of grab bars on the market, it can be hard to tell which ones are high-quality and which ones will just let you down. This is why it’s important to ensure the grab bar you choose meets high-quality standards so that you never have to worry about feeling unsafe again. The best way to do that is to take a closer look at what makes it safe.
But first… let us get an overview of some red flags to watch out for!
Characteristics of a Poor Quality Grab Bar
- Does not provide a secure grip.
- Includes screws or bolts that are exposed and can cause injury.
- Does not fit in the desired location.
- Topples down if weight is applied to it
- Shoddy design and rusts easily
- Does not have mounting hardware
- Poor wear resistance
- Poor corrosion resistance
- It has a strong smell that can cause dizziness and nausea
- It is not ADA compliant.
Characteristics of a High-Quality Grab Bar
- Ergonomic design- A good grab bar enclosure must be ergonomically designed with proper spacing of handle to the wall.
- Able to hold a large variety of weights and be able to hold the weight of a large person
- The mechanism must be simple and durable so that the grab bar won’t break or need to be replaced often
- It must have two mounting surfaces – one on each side, so that it can be mounted securely against either wall or in between two studs
- The grip should be round with no sharp edges that could harm your fingers
- Grip handles should not have any removable parts which could loosen over time due to wear and tear from use, causing them to become loose or fall off completely at some point in the future
- The grip pad doesn’t need to be too thick, but it should be sturdy
- The grab bar must be wide and long
- Easy to install.
- Easy to clean.
- Have an easy grip, is non-slip, and can provide traction
- Built to last- It must be rust, wear, and corrosion-resistant
- Made from the best quality materials
Things to Remember:
- Ensure that installation is done by professionals who are trained and qualified to do this type of work.
- take your time and read through reviews to make sure that you are purchasing a top-quality product.
- Don’t be fooled by the looks of it
- Make sure that the grab bars are in good condition and are free from scratches and dents.
- Check the installation instructions and warranty of any grab bar before installing it.
- Always check to be sure the grab bar is certified by a recognized national testing laboratory and that the testing guidelines are current. Some bars have been recalled and can cause serious injuries.
- Purchase a grab bar that is recommended by a physician or physical therapist. These bars are designed to support the body when standing, so they are strong enough to withstand the weight of a person.
- Check the dimensions of the grab bar if the dimensions are of the standard size.
Shopping for a grab bar is an easy task. You just need to know the features that a grab bar must possess to provide the safety it needs.
You should never compromise on the quality of your grab bars. When it comes to safety and stability, you never want any grab bars that are anything less than the best.