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Posted December 27, 2021 by Shivonne N Suttles
When you think of home, you often think of it as your safe haven from the outside world. It’s your safe space you get to return to every night.
The sobering reality, however, is more than 50 percent of unintentional injuries happen in or around the home, according to the National Security Council (NSC). People of certain ages, especially young children and the elderly, are more susceptible to serious injury from household hazards.
The good news is many of them are preventable. Summa Health offers a guide to minimize your home’s top 5 hidden dangers and ensure your safe haven is even safer for you and your loved ones.
Accidental exposure to medications and chemicals account for more than 90 percent of calls reported to poison control centers. In fact, it’s the leading cause of injury and deaths in homes, according to the NSC.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep the phone number of your local poison control center handy. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning to at-risk age groups, be sure to keep these items locked up or out of reach:
From falling off stepladders to slipping in the bathroom, falls are the second-leading cause of injury and death in the home, according to the NSC. Take these simple steps to reduce your risk of falls:
From minor smoke damage to complete devastation, fires can get out of hand quickly and lead to burn injuries or even loss of life, in worst-case scenarios. Safeguard your home and family by following these tips:
Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer because the poisonous gas is odorless and colorless. A few ways to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide include:
Sharp objects can accidentally cause a cut or laceration, but proper handling and storage of these items can minimize the danger and lessen the chances of a trip to the emergency room for stitches. Reduce your risk by:
When creating a safer home for you and your loved ones, consider the ages of the people you live with and take the necessary precautions to protect them from harm. You will feel more confident knowing your home and loved ones are safer because of it.