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Inward-swinging doors can only be opened when they are almost completely drained a process that can take minutes you simply cannot afford to wait while you or your loved ones risk drowning. Tubs with inward-swinging doors are still safer than conventional bathtubs where the only way to exit on your own is to physically lift yourself over the tubs edge-something thats definitely more dangerous than waiting for your walk in tub to drain in an emergency. Outward-Swinging Doors Offer the Easiest Access for Handicapped Bathers In many cases outward-swinging doors are easier to enter and exit for people with limited mobility.
Outward swinging doors also commonly have bars or levers on the outside of the door to ensure that there is enough support to keep the door closed. These bolts have to be strong and the parts of the shell that they lock into have to be heavily reinforced in order to support the weight of the water and bather. Because outward swinging doors require more parts to keep them shut they are more expensive to build and are less popular in walk in bathtubs sold for residential use. Choose an Outward Swinging Door if Safety is Your Main Concern The main advantage of doors that swing out is that they can be opened immediately in case of an emergency even if that means emptying the water inside your tub onto your bathroom floor.
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If the door on your walk in bathtub opens into the tub itself then you will have to maneuver around the door once inside the tub in order to get the door closed behind you. If you have difficulty moving around in tight spaces having to navigate around a door inside your bathtub could be enough of a challenge than an outward swinging door becomes an attractive choice. This can be especially true if you have an injury or disability that makes it difficult to move your hips or knees or if you intend to transfer from a walker or wheelchair into your walk in tub. Its no accident that most "wheelchair transfer" tubs designed to accommodate bathers with physical disabilities come equipped with outward-swinging doors.