A healthy home is a home that is safe. Every age group in the home is susceptible to safety issues that can lead to injury. Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults. Yet many injuries are preventable.
Household injuries are commonly caused by:
- Electrical hazards
- Slip and fall hazards
- Tripping hazards
- Chemical poisonings
- Choking hazards
Many hazards in the home are easily avoidable. Trips and falls can be avoided by making sure that clutter is picked up, grab bars are installed where necessary, trip hazards are removed (like loose rugs or steps). Hot water heater should be turned down to 120F to prevent scalding. Poisons and toxins should be stored away out of the reach of children. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed throughout the home and checked regularly for proper operation. Store weapons and ammunition separately. Ammunition should be locked up so that kids cannot access.