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What are common household accidents?

Five Common Household Accidents to Avoid

Studies have shown that most serious accidents actually occur within the home. Here are five common household accidents and how to avoid them.

Falls: Utilize proper mats in the bathroom and tub areas to prevent slipping and falls. Keep clutter and toys away from household walkways and stairs.

Poisoning: Keep all household medications, cleaners, and anything that could be easily digested by children in a locked location.

Burns: Make sure your home has working fire detectors. Be careful when cooking and never allow a child to be unattended in the kitchen. Pay attention to water temperature when bathing children in a tub or shower.

Cuts/Lacerations: Store kitchen knives safely and train children on the safe use of sharp objects. (Example: carrying with point down, never running with scissors, etc.)

Choking: Keep items with small parts away from children (buttons, coins, etc). Observe children during mealtime to make sure they do not choke. Also, keep all plastic bags away from kids and pets to prevent accidental suffocation.

How can the handicapped stay safe from accidents around the home?

Accidents Among The Handicapped

For people who must use a wheelchair or walker to get around, life is a series of obstacles. Preventing accidents is a top priority for them. The kitchen can be a problem, as the sink and shelves are often too high to reach from the wheelchair. Attempting to cook is another danger if they cannot reach the stove easily.

Another accident waiting to happen is often in the bathroom. Although bars can be installed around the tub and toilet, this is unaffordable to many on a fixed income.

Building a wheelchair ramp makes it easier for the handicapped to get in and out of their home, but they must be careful if a ramp is wet or strewn with leaves. Accumulation of ice and snow during the winter could make a ramp hazardous.

Many communities have made it easier for the handicapped to get around by building ramps into curbs. This makes it easy for people in a wheelchair to travel for several blocks unassisted, but some curbs do not have a ramp.

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