Statistics show that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home.
This makes it the second most common location for such fatalities. Most Americans are unaware that they are able to prevent such accidents. From burns, poisoning, electrical shocks, suffocations; Unintentional injuries, no matter the magnitude, are never fun and sadly result in an average of over 21 million medical visits each year – that adds up to nearly $220 Billion in medical costs! What are the causes of these injuries, and how can we prevent them? Check out the info below for home injury statistics, and great home safety ideas:
Common problems in the home that lead to injuries
Poisoning and Other Household Risks
The second leading cause of home injury death is poisoning. It leads to nearly 5,000 fatalities each year.
Accidents involving fires and burns are the third leading cause of home injury deaths, and they claim more than 3,000 lives a year.
The fourth highest home safety risk is airway obstruction (choking, suffocation and strangulation). This claims about 1,000 lives annually.
Water related incidents, particularly drowning, are responsible for 800 deaths per year.
Children and Home Accident Statistics
Children have the highest risk for at home injury and accidents. More than 3.4 million children experience an unintentional household injury every year and 2,300 children under 15 die from these unintentional injuries. The leading causes of childhood injury in the home are choking, suffocation, drowning, submersion, falls, fires and burns, guns and poisoning. Two children die as a result of being burned while over 300 children are treated in emergency rooms each year after suffering from burns. Scald burn injuries caused by hot liquids or steam are more likely to be sustained by younger children while older children more often sustain injuries from flame burns that are caused by direct contact with fire.
Drowning is the leading cause of death and injuries in children ages 1-4. Water can be seen as a high threat to children as they can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Little to no supervision is dangerous anytime young children are dealing with water in the home. So many sad stories all too often of a caretaker who neglects to monitor a child while they're in the bath tub which results in a drowning accident.
Home Injury Prevention Tips
While the statistics about home injury and fatalities are alarming, preventing them can be easy. Here are some simple ways to prevent the most common home injuries.
How to prevent falls