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When a new baby or child comes into a home, many parents “baby-proof” their living area in order to avoid having kids run into corners and hurt themselves. But accidents like those don’t stop as we grow older. We’re still very prone to injuries at home. We’ve put together some common accidents that happen around the house and how to avoid them.
Around half the number of fall-related injuries occur at home, often due to tripping or slipping. Adding non-slip strips and grab bars to the bathroom and clearing halls and walkways of cords and clutter will help prevent accidents. Keeping these areas well-lit can help minimize them as well.
Not all poisonous substances are labelled as being dangerous. Cleaning substances, soaps, and even makeup can be poisonous. If there are children around the house, store them in a safe place out of their reach. Label medicines properly and make sure to monitor everyone’s doses. Keep a list of emergency numbers posted visibly.
Burns don’t just happen in the kitchen. Extremely hot bath water can cause scalding too. Be sure to monitor temperatures when cooking or bathing. If part of the skin gets burned, run the area under cold water and then dress and bandage it loosely. For worse injuries, seek professional medical help immediately.
Invest in knives that are sturdy and be sure to clean them regularly. If you drop a knife, don’t try to catch it; instead, take a step back and let it fall in an open space. Store them out of reach of children and be mindful of where you keep them. In case of a cut, apply pressure to stop bleeding, clean the wound thoroughly, and bandage it properly.
Go beyond just being informed and be proactive! Be smart, get prepared, and make sure you have a first aid kit at home. Find a kit that suits you here.