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My wife and I did a wonderful trip this past September biking in Tuscany and hiking in Sardinia.  The hotel rooms there reminded me of something I've seen essentially everywhere I've been in Europe but NEVER here in the US (except for hospitals):

 

Why do almost all the showers (or tubs) in hotel bathrooms in Europe seem to have emergency cords?

 

Do you Euros fall in the shower at a fantastically higher rate than we Americans?

 

Do you feel concerned when you come to the US and the hotel bathrooms DON'T have emergency cords?

 

I'm really baffled by this one.

post #2 of 4

 Were they actually labelled as panic alarms?

 A lot of older hotels which had their electrics done a long time ago still have the light switch on a cord by the door and the electric on switch to the power shower on a cord by the shower itself but the cord is rarely used because the shower controls are usually located within the shower cubicle, often the power is left on all the time as it is not something that chambermaids check providing the water has been turned off.

 Genuine panic alarms are normally only found in ground floor rooms which are usually the ones rented to disabled people.

 I have stayed in many hotel rooms in Europe and have not come across actual panic alarms anywhere I can remember that wasn't a hospital or converted old persons home. 

post #3 of 4

In many hotels, there is a line for drying clothes in above the tub. You pull a string from one end and can fasten it on the other end.

 

Never seen an emergency cord, and I've been in a lot of hotels.

post #4 of 4

No, you see those cords everywhere, in many homes too. And I don't think they're long enough to pull on from the floor, either. Also, tubs and showers here tend to not have much in way of safety handles, which I think would be a lot better than panic cords. My kids yank on those things every time we're in a place that has one. 

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