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Title:
Splash guard for toilet seat
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A splash guard used in conjunction with a toilet having a toilet bowl and a toilet seat comprises a shielding vessel, a handle on a far end and a flow guide on a near end opposite thereto. The flow guide has two lateral guiding walls. During use, a user sitting on the toilet seat holds the splash guard vertically at the handle thereof. The shielding vessel guards against splashed urine, which, guided by the flow guide, flows into the toilet bowl. Thus old, handicapped or sick persons or persons who have no firm stand or are being rehabilitated are enabled to use a toilet with protection against splashing of urine.


Inventors:
Cheng, Yu Wen (Taichung City, TW)
Application Number:
10/838774
Publication Date:
11/03/2005
Filing Date:
05/03/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47K13/24; E03D9/00; (IPC1-7): E03D9/00
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PRO-TECHTOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICES (20775 Norada Court, Saratoga, CA, 95070-3018, US)
Claims:
1. A splash guard used in conjunction with a toilet having a toilet bowl and a toilet seat, said splash guard comprising: a shielding vessel; a handle on a far end of said shielding vessel; and a flow guide on a near end of said shielding vessel opposite to said far end thereof; wherein during use a user is seated on said toilet seat, holding said handle, so that said shielding vessel is vertically oriented and placed in front of said user, guarding against splashed of urine, which is led via said flow guide into said toilet bowl.

2. The splash guard according to claim 1, wherein said shielding vessel has a bottom from which a reinforcing rib protrudes.

3. The splash guard according to claim 1, wherein said shielding vessel has a bottom which is inclined.

4. The splash guard according to claim 1, wherein said handle has a groove.

5. The splash guard according to claim 1, wherein said flow guide towards said shielding vessel has step.

6. The splash guard according to claim 1, wherein said flow guide has two lateral guiding walls.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a splash guard for a toilet seat, particularly to a splash guard for a toilet seat, which is easy to hold and effectively prevents accidental splashing during relieving and is therefore suitable for old, handicapped and sick persons as well as persons who have difficulties to stand firmly and thus need to use a toilet with a seat for relieving themselves.

2. Description of Related Art

Old, handicapped and sick persons often are not able to relieve themselves while standing up and thus need to use a toilet with a seat for relieving themselves. A regular toilet seat, however, is formed like a ring without any additional shield. So toileting accidents readily occur in which urine is splashed on the toilet seat or beyond, which is unhygienic. In particular, accidents like these happen to men using toilet seats.

As shown in FIG. 5, a splash guard has been brought on the market and published in 1999 in a prospect of the Sammons Preston company. The splash guard has a shield 80, which is by a fastening element 81 fastened to a toilet seat 82, preventing urine from being splashed onto the toilet seat 82.

As shown on FIG. 6, the prospect on the same page shows a toilet seat 90 having an integrated splash guard, which is an upward projection 91, preventing urine from being splashed

These assemblies however, have the following shortcomings:

  • 1. The splash guard is fixed to the toilet seat and is hard to clean.
  • 2. The splash guard is mounted at a fixed angle and is easily touched by a user when standing up, compromising safety of use.
  • 3. Both splash guards are expensive to manufacture.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the present invention to provide a splash guard for a toilet seat which is easy to clean or disposable, so not required to be cleaned, and is safe to use.

The present invention can be more fully understood by reference to the following description and accompanying drawings.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

As shown in FIG. 1, the splash guard of the present invention comprises a shielding vessel 10, a handle 20, and a flow guide 30. A user using a toilet with a toilet bowl, while sitting on a toilet seat, holds the handle 20. The shielding vessel 10 collects splashed urine. Collected splashed urine is then poured into the toilet bowl, guided by the flow guide 30. In the following, a detailed explanation is given.

The shielding vessel 10 is a body with a depression for guarding against splashing of urine and collecting splashed urine, having a bottom with a reinforcing rib 11. The bottom of the shielding vessel 10 is inclined at a predetermined angle, allowing liquid to flow towards the flow guide 30.

The handle 20 is attached to a far end of the shielding vessel 10, having a groove 21 for easier gripping and for reinforcing.

The flow guide 30 is placed on a near end of the shielding vessel 10, opposite to the far end thereof. A step 31 is built into the flow guide 30, with two lateral guiding walls 32 above the step 31 guiding liquid to a tip at the near end of the shielding vessel 10 to be poured into the toilet bowl.

Referring to FIG. 3, for using the splash guard of the present invention, the user, while seated on the toilet seat 41 above the toilet bowl 40 and relieving himself, grabs the handle 20 and holds the splash guard in front of the body.

Referring to FIG. 4, the splash guard during use is held vertically, with the step 31 being set on an inner edge of the toilet seat 41. Thus effective shielding against splashing urine on the toilet seat 41 or beyond is achieved. Any urine hitting the shielding vessel 10 readily flows via the flow guide 30 into the toilet bowl 40. After use, the user is able to stand up unhindered.

The present invention offers the following advantages:

    • 1. Not being fixed on the toilet seat, the splash guard of the present invention is easily cleaned or disposed of.
    • 2. Being held by the hand, the splash guard of the present invention does not need to be mounted.
    • 3. The user can easily sit down on and stand up from the toilet seat, without being hindered, which is both convenient and safe.
    • 4. Manufacturing cost is low.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the splash guard of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a sectional side view of the splash guard of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a schematic illustration of using the present invention before use.

FIG. 4 is a schematic illustration of using the present invention during use.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a conventional splash guard.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another conventional splash guard.