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What’s the Most Dangerous Room in the House?

By on Jan 28, 2018 in CANCER, LIFE STYLE DESIGN |

By: Emilie Sennebogen

Nobody ever expects a home accident to happen, but a slip down the stairs or a kitchen grease fire can happen in the blink of an eye — even with careful homeowners. In England alone in 2007, nearly 2.7 million people were injured in a home accident [source: RoSPA]. In the United States, injury is the leading cause of death among children and young adults and nearly half of these accidents occur in the home, according to the National Safety Council. That same group states that in 2002, there were more than 33,000 deaths and 8,000,000 disabling injuries that occurred in the home [source: NSC]. That makes one death every 16 minutes and one disabling home injury every four seconds. When it comes to injury and death in home accidents, the leading culprits are falls, toxins and suffocation by ingested object or smoke inhalation. Poisoning is the No. 1 cause of death and claimed the lives of 12,500 in 2002 alone in the United States [source: NSC].

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Dr. Wegmann

Dr. Michael Wegmann’s Thoughts:

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in your home. Thus, home accident prevention should start here! Your cabinets may house dangerous chemicals and cleaning agents, and your drawers hold knives and other sharp objects. This is a good opportunity to begin looking into “green” products that reduce the likelihood of accidental ingestion. Purchasing locks or other security items for your cabinets will go a long way toward keeping your children safe.

Stove safety is important as well. Always turn pot handles inward when you’re cooking, to avoid your child pulling a hot pot of food on top of them. And, never leave your child unattended in the kitchen. It only takes a moment for a child to climb up onto a stove. Toddlers are notorious for experimenting with knobs and handles and are very prone to turning on the stove as soon as they can reach the knobs.

Kitchen step stools should be kept out of your child’s reach, too. They are handy for helping you reach things, but they are just as handy in helping your toddler get into things that can be dangerous. Latching the lower drawers helps prevent a toddler from opening the drawers and using it as a step stool.