Is Your Home Environment Safe for Avoiding Injuries?
Your home is your castle, an oasis of comfort and safety that you return to for rest from the outside world. But how safe is your home environment for avoiding accidental injuries? Unintentional household injuries account for 75 percent of the 160,000 accidental deaths every year. According to safewise.com, the top five most common fatal household injuries in the US are falls, poisoning, choking or suffocation, drowning, and fires or burns. While these are fearsome statistics, the good news is that you can take some basic precautions to improve the safety of your home. Here are some prevention tips from the experts:
- Make sure your floors and hallways are free of tripping hazards such as loose floor mats, power cords, or other tripping hazards. Plastic rug pads can help.
- For toddlers, be sure you have safety gates on stairs.
- Install grab bars in the bathroom for older residents.
- Be sure hallways and stairs are adequately lighted. Nightlights are a good idea.
- Add non-slip coverings to potentially slippery stairs.
- Keep household cleaners, alcoholic beverages, medications and other potentially dangerous substances out of reach or in locked cabinets.
- Don’t reuse food or drink containers to hold cleaning fluids or other poisons.
- Teach kids about the dangers of seeming innocuous household products like cleaners.
Choking or suffocation
- For babies and young children, cut food into small bites, and be sure always to supervise kids when they’re eating.
- Keep plastic bags stored securely, and keep pillows and soft toys out of baby cribs.
- Make sure your blind cords and power cords are secured to avoid danger of strangulation.
- Never leave children unsupervised around water, from bathtubs and pools to ornamental ponds, lakes, and rivers.
- Install gate sensors and water sensors for alerts in pool areas.
- Always make sure everyone wears life preservers when boating or fishing.
Fire or burns
- Install and test smoke alarms to make sure their batteries are working.
- Never leave candles or fireplaces unattended.
- Don’t leave food cooking on the stove when you leave the kitchen.
- Keep kids at a safe distance from fireplaces and barbecues.
Always keep your emergency phone numbers handy.
At Hudson Law Firm, we put PERSONAL back into Personal Injury Law. For an injury claim evaluation, call us at (972) 360-9898, or visit our website to chat with an associate. We understand and care about your injury, and look forward to helping you with your accident claim.