Eight Rules for Taking Baths (May, 1931)

Eight Rules for Taking Baths

TO HELP stop the rapidly increasing number of bathroom accidents, eight rules were recently presented by the New Health Society of England.

The first rule is always keep the window open a little to prevent poisoning from a defective heater. The second and third are never to take a hot bath after a heavy meal nor a cold bath if you have a weak heart. Fourth is to have all heaters equipped with safety devices, so that steam filled pipes cannot burst. The other rules deal with electric fittings in the bathroom, it being agreed that electric shocks are both common and fatal when the skin is wet or when the bather is in a metal tub electrically connected to the ground by the water pipes.

4 comments
  1. Hirudinea says: August 23, 20118:35 am

    I think most of these rules could be summed up in one rule – Hire a reputable contractor!

  2. Thundercat says: August 23, 20117:09 pm

    I sure do hate it when I take a bath and a steam pipe bursts.

  3. blast says: August 23, 20118:19 pm

    Thundercat, that was one of the scenes in the movie “Enchanted April”. Well, the boiler exploded, but it was right there in the bathroom. The gentleman formerly soaking in the tub had the presence of mind to wrap himself neatly in a towel before exiting with shouted curses.

  4. Des says: August 24, 201110:21 am

    “… it being agreed that electric shocks are both common and fatal when the skin is wet…”
    I never agreed to that!

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