We all get complacent when it comes to safety factors in our homes, so let’s make 2018 the year we look at our sanctuaries with an eye toward making them safer.
We’ve compiled some tips on how to prevent the three most common types of home injuries.
Falls are the most common accidents that occur in the home and can cause serious injury or death. The risk increases when it comes to the very young and the elderly.
Reduce the risk of falls with these tips:
The second largest cause of deadly accidents in the home is poisoning. In fact, according to USNews.com, it is the leading cause of home injury deaths for the middle-aged and young adults.
And, the leading causes of home poisonings include the unsafe storage of medications and the inadvertent and improper mixing of drugs.
“It’s kind of the Heath Ledger scenario, where people are perhaps on a prescription drug, or maybe more than one, and then they get a cold and they take a decongestant, and then maybe they add a drink to that,” the Home Safety Council’s Meri-K Appy tells USNews.com’s Luke Mullins.
Actor Heath Ledger, who suffered from insomnia and the common cold, died of combined drug intoxication.
Reduce the risk of poisoning in the home by:
When was the last time you checked the temperature on your water heater?
Since more than half of household burn and scald injuries occur in the bath, set your water heater to the temperature the water heater manufacturer recommends, or to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have small children, who are able to play with the faucets, consider installing anti-scald devices to faucets.
Here are some additional tips to prevent burns and scalds in the home:
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