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5 Dangerous Things You're Doing on Your Property

Knowing there are things you are doing or doing wrong inside and outside your home that can hurt you or your family is a scary thought. Most of the examples below will be rationalized to seem like the type of accidents that befall "other families", but it can happen to anyone if they are not paying attention and doing things meticulously. Here are five things that can cause dangerous injury or death right under your very own roof.

Needlessly Risking Slips and Falls

Dave Ables names injuries caused from slips and falls are one of the foremost household hazards, which is caused by a number of trivial problems. This may come as a surprise, but according to NCBI government statistics, the 21 percent of adults aged 20 to 45 sustains a head, broken bone or joint injury, and the percentage goes up in age too. The main causes are slippery or steep and narrow stairs, wet floors and scattered toys or general disarray can cause an adult to slip and fall. As stated earlier, it is much easier for seniors to fall from causes and receive serious injuries that might have a limited recovery time for a younger person.

Many Homeowners Fail to Minimize the Risk of Carbon Monoxide

Every year carbon monoxide brings quite a few homeowners to the brink of death and kills even more. Install a detector and do not run appliances, especially heating appliances. If you are using one or more of the following, then you are placing everyone underneath your roof at a much higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning: 

  • Gas hot water heaters
  • Gas and oil furnaces
  • Fireplaces and wood stoves all generate carbon monoxide

Allowing Ourselves and Children to be Poisoned

According to the nationwide poison control centers, there were more than two million incidents in 2014. Most of the causes reported in were from poisonous household items being used incorrectly or ingested by unsupervised children or children who were able to gain access to substances containing poison due to sub-par preventative diligence. 

Common Household Appliances Causing burns to Adults and Children

Second and third degree burns from a kitchen appliance other than a stove probably does not get mentioned often, and it is probably because it comes from an unlikely household appliance. Dishwashers have sent several children and adults to the emergency room with steam burns because they were either unlatched or improperly latched. Devices known as Safety 1st Appliance Locks are a great help in preventing those accidental burns.

Grossly Failing to Adhere to and Practice Basic Fire Prevention Methods

Throughout school, public service announcements and general common sense taught from childhood to adulthood, people have been educated on how to prevent households. Hundreds of thousands of United States citizens ignore various pieces of advice like leaving candles unattended, failure to monitor batteries in smoke alarms, avoid using appliances in poor working order,especially ones with frayed wires and failing to unplug them after use, and there are still so many homes without fire extinguishers. There are some fires that could not have been prevented by common sense prevention techniques, but the more than 350,000 house fires in 2015 in the U.S. could probably had a large portion avoided if homeowners adhered to basic fire prevention practices.

Nothing is more important than keeping yourself and your family safe inside the home. That is why it is important to recognize that actions and failure to implement deterrents can cause injury and death and deemed a simple accident. Avoid the grief and look into these for more information on how to do things correctly to keep your home safe from these common "accident makers".

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