When people discuss accidents that result in injury, the most common thought for many is probably a car accident. Some people may think about an accident in a store or a parking lot. With many people stuck at home due to shelter-in-place orders, it is important to remember that most accidents take place in the home. In 2017, thousands of people died in at-home accidents. The most common injuries that occur in the home are falls, poisoning, suffocation, and drowning. In 2017 alone, 36,338 people suffered a fatal injury after a fall. Additionally, 20% of falls lead to serious injuries, such as fractured hips. The elderly are the most at-risk population to suffer a serious injury or a death from a fall.
WSB Radio reports that the risk of injuries at home is higher amid the current pandemic.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that more people staying at home means an increased risk for at-home injuries.
While many families have ample downtime due to being away from work, it is important to minimize hazards in the home so that everyone can stay safe. One common hazard is, for example, getting a new flat-screen TV and placing the older television in a child’s room or a playroom. Children can then climb on furniture and send the television toppling, possibly even getting caught underneath.
For more information about how to make your home safer during this time, the CPSC website has checklists for reminders about hazards for a variety of ages.
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