Every day when you get out of bed, you’re at risk for accident. This may seem like hyperbole since most household mishaps are minor. A kitchen burn or a small fall isn’t going to affect your day very much. However, some accidents occurring in the home are serious. Because home is where many people spend much of their time, you can be more at risk for accident than you think. Elderly people and children are at higher risk of home accidents, and these minor events can take a greater toll on them than on the average person.
What are some of the most common household accidents? How can they be prevented?
- Cuts. Particularly in the kitchen, cuts are common. A minor cut sustained on a finger while slicing vegetables may not be the end of the world, but it may be more serious than you think. If a knife is not cleaned properly, particularly if it was used to slice meat, it can introduce bacteria into your cut that can lead to a severe infection. Sharp aluminum can lids similarly carry a high risk for infection.
If you receive a cut, wash it thoroughly. Then apply a disinfectant to ward off infection. If you received a very large or very deep cut, or the cut won’t stop bleeding, you may need stitches. Go to the emergency room right away.
- Falls. Ever struggled to reach something on the highest shelf? Chances are, you grabbed a chair rather than a step stool, the safer option. Falls from chairs can cause broken bones, concussions, lost teeth, and other injuries. At best, you’re likely looking at a bad bruise that may last for a few weeks. To prevent these falls, don’t stand on anything unstable. Climb a step stool or ladder slowly and with care; don’t be impatient.
- Slips. The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, following the kitchen. Bathroom floors often get slippery due to run off and precipitation from the sink and shower. Older people, in particular, are at risk of slipping in the shower. Hitting one’s head is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to bathroom slips.
To prevent slips, clean up any spill as soon as possible. In households with older people, install a handrail in the shower. There are also mats you can lay on your shower floor which provide more purchase for your foot than the slick shower floor, therefore preventing slips.
- Poisoning. Poisoning is a particular risk for children. Many common household products are extremely poisonous if consumed. Bleach, household cleaners, Comet, Drano, and other similar products can kill or cause permanent damage.
Keep dangerous chemicals out of the reach of children. Be sure to read the labels before using a product to know risks and proper usage.
Sometimes, household injuries are more than just careless accidents. They result from a defective product or bad construction. In these cases, you may have grounds to receive financial compensation for your injuries. Contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham today for a free consultation.