Did you know that most accidents occur at home? That means that every year 20,000 people die and 21 million medical visits are needed due to home accidents in the United States alone. Young children and the elderly are most likely to be subject to these accidents—and in fact the likelihood of accident greatly increases after the age of 65. What’s crazy, though, is that almost all of these accidents are due to some sort of human error (and that means, that almost all of these accidents could have been prevented).
The top six accidents are as follows:
1) Cutting yourself with a knife: I know I’ve cut myself with a knife while making dinner more often that I care to say. Mostly they are small accidents, nothing that a bit of Neosporin and a band-aid won’t cure, but it’s always possible that I could hurt myself more seriously. Learning proper knife techniques is one way to make sure that you are less likely to injure yourself. Also, knives should be kept away from children.
2) Slamming Fingers in Doors: kids have teensy fingers that can easily be crushed in doors, drawers and windows. If you have small children who often run around the house (and who might find their little fingers getting caught in things) you might want to consider installing foam door guards. This will keep doors from slamming and eliminate much of this risk.
3) Falling Down Stairs: more people end up in the ER because of falling down stairs than any other at-home injury. The easiest way to lower the risk of falling down stairs is by installing gates. This will prevent small kids from accidently winding up at the bottom of the stairs.
4) Cooking Burns: burn injuries affect 60,000 people each year and over 5,000 people die from burns each year. The best thing you can do for your children is to have a serious conversation about the dangers of the kitchen. Once children understand that they are only allowed to use the stove when an adult is around, they will be safer. Additionally, you can install a bbq or fireplace gate to keep kids at a distance.
5) Falling out of windows: if you live in a big city, most likely you live in an apartment building. If this is the case, you should, without a doubt, have windows screens or a window guard to keep your children safe. Even if you have only a two or three story home, children can easily find themselves in danger.
6) Electrocution: When new parents baby proof a home, they are often careful about covering all outlets. But as a second or third child is born, some parents forget to remain vigilant about the risks of electrocution.
We hope that you will keep these accidents in mind as you are protecting yourself and your home. If you have any questions about home security, please feel free to contact us!