We already know that domestic accidents happen
In our post about assemble a first aid kit and store it at home we wrote about getting ready for those accidents that happen quite usually. Actually, every year, more than 18,000 individuals in the United States die from home-related accidents and home injuries affect approximately between 5 to 10 million people. That has to remind us that homes are only safe with our efforts.
When we are on a familiar environment we use to reduce our attention in some hazards that can easily make us fall down. Daily we use ladders, step stools, stairs, shower stalls and chairs and those are some of ways people fall in their home. In addition, irregularities like uneven flooring, poorly installed doors and door jams, and loose hardwood or tile can also contribute to unintentional fall-related accidents.
Most of us made big laughs when watching a funny video of a flowerpot falling on someone else head or a shelf collapsing when someone wants to reach something that is at the top. Those falling objects as a result of an external action or from our attempt to reach something that is too high are another common cause of home accidents.
Accidental ingestion of rat or any other kind of poison is very rare. Actually, the most poisoning incidents involve medicines, household products and cosmetics around the house. It is important, therefore, to keep anything that might be dangerous if swallowed well out of reach of children as an essential part of first aid in the home. Poisoning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in the home. Nearly 5,000 people die from ingesting poisonous substances – but sometimes medication can also be the culprit to accidental deaths.
Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in the home. The major causes of home fires include heating equipment, electrical appliances, matches, cooking, and smoking. Household fires claim more than 3,000 lives annually. However it is a life threatening accident, the most common result of a fire at home is a burn. It is always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher at home.
Choking and suffocation
Choking is the mechanical obstruction of the flow of air from the environment into the lungs. Usually the form of airway obstruction that produces choking or suffocation fatalities are associated with food, however, there are many other risks for injury throughout the home, particularly to small children.
Have a nice swimming pool in our backyard or a modern spa at our bathroom is great, but a hazard at the same time. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to water-related home accidents and should be closely monitored around any standing water. As children learn to play and explore, water from a pool, spa, bathtub, or bucket can be a delight. However, a child can drown swiftly and silently in as little as 2 inches of water.
Broken glass can cause serious cuts and so use of the material around the home in furniture or fittings should be carefully considered if you have a young family.
Well, here you have 7 common home accidents. In future posts we will write about them individually and make some recommendations about prevention. Meanwhile, it is a good idea to do some reading and get extra information.