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Most Common Home Accidents

Accidents happen every day in people’s lives, whether at home or out in public. While accidents can occur anywhere and to anyone, some of the most common and even the most dangerous ones occur at home.

Below is a list of some of the most common accidents that take place in the home.

Falling Objects

If you have children then you know that once they start moving around on their own, they begin touching everything in the house. They can potentially knock items over, leading to broken objects or a bump on the head. To prevent this from happening, make sure electrical cords, table cloths, and any dishes are out of reach.

Trips and Falls

Obviously anyone can fall but falls usually occur in young children and the elderly. You can help prevent trips and falls by making sure things get picked up off the floor, that cords are not running along the floor, and by making sure carpets are tacked down.

Look for any tripping hazard and deal with it right away. Often times if a young child falls, you can soothe them with kind words and hugs and kisses. However, if you notice that after a person falls they become drowsy, vomits, or loses consciousness, get medical attention right away.

Dangerous Furniture

Be careful with furniture that has sharp corners, like a coffee table. You can get covers to protect the sharp corners. Also, be careful with glass top tables, especially if you have small children. Take stock of the furniture around your home to see that it is safe.

Anchoring large, heavy furniture to the wall will help prevent you from getting pinned under these objects, especially small children. When hanging a TV on the wall, make sure it’s well secured and wires are tucked away.

Also, make sure the cords for your blinds are properly set – in accordance with the ACCC requirements. This will avoid serious injury, like strangulation.

Sharp Objects

Beware of these, not just when you have children around. For example, when you wash knives you want to make sure you put them away properly so that when you reach for something you don’t accidentally cut yourself.

Getting Burnt

Hot drinks and foods are the most common things to cause burns and scalds to children under the age of five. Of course, children should be kept away from the stovetops/oven, open flames, and irons (anything hot).

Also, make sure the temperature on your water heater is not set too high, to help prevent scalding burns in the bathtub. You should not have it set any hotter than 49 degrees celsius.

The most common ways that adults get burnt is when they are cooking or straightening their hair. All burn wounds should be held under cold running water for a couple of minutes. The best way to cover a burn, to prevent infection, is by covering with plastic and taping down.

Poisoning

Most poisoning incidents involve medications and household products. It’s important that these things are kept out of reach of children and anyone you feel may want to use it to intentionally cause harm to him- or herself.

When it comes to the health and happiness of our home and loved ones, we want to take all precautions possible to prevent injuries. If an accident does occur, though, it’s vital to know what to do.

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