Accidents occur in people’s lives on a daily basis, whether at home or in public. While accidents can happen anywhere and to anyone, some of the most common and dangerous ones happen at home. The following is a list of some of the most common home accidents.
If you have children, you are aware that once they begin to move around on their own, they begin to touch everything in the house. They have the potential to knock things over, resulting in broken objects or a bump on the head. To avoid this, keep electrical cords, tablecloths, and any dishes out of reach of children.
Trips and Falls
Of course, anyone can walk and fall, but young kids and the elderly are more likely to do so. Making sure that items are picked up off the floor, that cords are not running along the floor, and that carpets are nailed down can all help to reduce slips and falls.
Look for any tripping hazards and address them as soon as possible. If a young child falls, you can often comfort them with kind words, hugs, and kisses. However, if you notice that a person becomes drowsy, vomits, or loses consciousness after falling, seek medical attention immediately. There could be something seriously wrong, and it’s best to have them checked out by a doctor.
Be cautious of furniture with sharp corners, such as a coffee table. You can purchase covers to soften the corners. Be cautious of glass-topped tables, especially if you have small children. Examine the furniture in your home to ensure its safety. Anchoring large, heavy furniture to the wall will help prevent you, especially small children, from becoming pinned under these objects. When mounting a television on the wall, ensure that it is securely fastened and that all wires are tucked away.
Be worried about these, and not just when children are present. When you wash knives, keep in mind you properly store them so that you don’t cut yourself when you reach for something.
The most common cause of burns and scalds in children under the age of five is hot drinks and foods. Children should, of course, be kept away from the oven, open flames, and irons (anything hot). Also, to avoid scalding burns in the bathtub, make sure the temperature on your water heater is not set too high. It should not be set any higher than 120 degrees F. (49 degrees C).
Cooking and straightening hair are two of the most common ways that adults get burned. All burn wounds should be immersed in cold running water for a few minutes. Covering a burn with plastic and taping it down is the best way to prevent infection.
The majority of poisonings are caused by medications and household products. It’s critical to keep these items out of the reach of children and anyone else who might want to use them to intentionally harm themselves.
We want to take every precaution possible to protect the health and happiness of our home and loved ones. However, if an accident occurs, it is critical to know what to do.