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Safe at Home
7 WAYS TO INJURY-PROOF YOUR SPACE
BY STEPHANIE THURROTT
Home should be a safe haven.
Is yours as danger-free as it
could be?
According to the National Safety
Council, 25 million injuries at home
required medical attention in 2018, and
the number of deaths in the home has
surged in the last 20 years. Safe Kids
reports that 3.5 million children go to
the emergency department-and 2,200
children die-each year because of
injuries that happen at home, such as
drowning, suff ocation and falls.
By and large, these accidents are
preventable. With the right precautions,
you can reduce the risk of falls, poisonings,
burns, cuts and other injuries that
occur at home.
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To prevent falls, for kids:
Supervise climbing.
Furniture and fi xtures can be all
too tempting-and hazardous-
for children, who love to climb.
Don't leave babies or toddlers
alone on beds, couches or other
elevated areas. Use seat belts on
highchairs and baby swings. Babyproof
staircases with gates.
Supervise children of all ages
near windows; use locks and
guards to prevent an opening that's
too wide or install windows that
open from the top. Remember that
screens are not strong enough to
hold back even a small child.
Injury
Prevention Tips
The Home Safety Council offers
safety tips focused on specifi c
hazards, age groups, rooms of the
house and seasons of the year. Visit
homesafetycouncil.org/SafetyGuide.
To prevent falls, for anyone:
Clear the fl oor.
" You need to see where your destination
is. If you can't, you need to clean it up, "
says Lisa Cannada, MD, an orthopedic
trauma surgeon and a member of the
editorial board of AAOS Now, a magazine
published by the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons.
If, for example, you set packages and
bags on the fl oor when you bring them in,
know that it's safer to place them on a table
or counter.
To prevent slips and falls, wear shoes or
slippers with grip soles instead of socks
on bare fl oors, and make sure rugs have
nonskid backs.
Cannada advises that if anyone age
65 or older lives in the house, you should
remove throw rugs, which are trip hazards.
FALL 2021 VIM & VIGOR
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