I had just finished showering and turned off the water. Soaking wet, I did what millions of Americans do every day — I reached for my snazzy sliding glass shower door. Seconds later, glass was raining down on me. The door had failed somehow and exploded into a million little pieces. The sound was hideous, something between nails on a chalkboard and a torrential downpour…
At first it sounds like an engineering issue: tempered glass shatters easily (although thank goodness it was tempered!) So, the trade-off is to have glass that breaks more easily, but is safer when it does break. The human factors issue that stood out to me appeared in the advice given by Kohler:
Do not use the shower door towel bars as a safety grab bar or as a lift assist when getting in and out of the bath, or lowering and lifting off a toilet. (MSNBC)
Do not put any weight on the shower door grab bar. (Consumerist)
So, don’t grab the grab bar, ya’ll.
*Photo credit Eqqman*