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We don't think as our homes as dangerous places, but thousands of people visit hospital emergency rooms because of home related injuries, and all too often the dangers result in fatalities!

Don't be a statistic, walk through your home and ensure it is safe for you and your child. Below are areas to assess, and a list of the top five hidden home hazards.

CRIBS--Over a thousand babies per year suffocate on soft bedding. And there are about 50 deaths each year due to cribs with missing hardware.

WINDOW CORDS--There are approximately ten deaths a year caused by strangulations with blind or curtain cords.

BATHROOM--The bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the home. Fatalities of children under age 5 result from children who get access to medicines or household chemicals. There are more than two dozen deaths and thousands of burn injuries each year from bath water which is too hot. Approximately 5 children under age 5 die each year in toilets. More than ten children drown each year in bathtubs, basins, showers and jetted bathtubs, and a few children die in baby bath rings and seats.

KITCHEN--Nearly ten thousand children are involved in highchair accidents each year, and the annual death rate from highchair accidents is 4. Annually there are about 22,000 thermal burn injuries involving stoves, about one third to children. And there are more than ten thousand injuries to children under age 5 caused by knives.

OTHER LIVING AREAS--Other hazards include suffocation deaths each year to children under age 5 caused by plastic bags, death and injuries caused by fire (many resulting from children playing with matches).

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS--There are thousands outlet and receptacle injuries each year--almost half are to children under age 5.

SMALL PARTS CHOKING HAZARDS--There are about 15 deaths each year to children under age 10 that involved balloons or small parts from children's products. Balloons account for about one third of the deaths each year.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year, 33.1 million people are injured by consumer products in the home. Some hazards are from products the Agency has warned about for years; others come from new products and technologies. To keep Americans informed of dangers, the CPSC has identified the Top Five Hidden Home Hazards associated with products that people may be using everyday, but are unaware of the dangers that they can cause. These home hazards are often unseen or unnoticed by consumers.

With no or very little investment, incidents and injuries from these dangers are preventable. Simply by being aware of these Top Five Hidden Home Hazards, many lives can be spared and life-altering injuries avoided:

  • Magnets - Since 2005: 1 Death, 86 Injuries; 8 million magnetic toys recalled.  Today's rare-earth magnets can be very small and powerful making them popular in toys, building sets, and jewelry. As the number of products with magnets has increased, so has the number of serious injuries to children. In several hundred incidents, magnets have fallen out of various toys and been swallowed by children. Small intact pieces of building sets that contain magnets have also been swallowed by children. If two or more magnets, or a magnet and another metal object are swallowed separately, they can attract to one another through intestinal walls and get trapped in place. The injury is hard to diagnose. Parents and physicians may think that the materials will pass through the child without consequence, but magnets can attract in the body and twist or pinch the intestines, causing holes, blockages, infection, and death, if not treated properly and promptly. Watch carefully for loose magnets and magnetic pieces and keep away from younger children (less than 6). If you have a recalled product with magnets, stop using it, call the company today, and ask for the remedy.
  • Recalled Products - Each year there about 400 recalls.  CPSC is very effective at getting dangerous products off store shelves, such as recalled toys, clothing, children's jewelry, tools, appliances, electronics and electrical products. But once a product gets into the home, the consumer has to be on the lookout. Consumers need to be aware of the latest safety recalls to keep dangerous recalled products away from family members.
  • Tip-overs - Average of 22 deaths per year; 31 in 2006 and an estimated 3,000 injuries.  Furniture, TVs and ranges can tip over and crush young children. Deaths and injuries occur when children climb onto, fall against or pull themselves up on television stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks, and chests. TVs placed on top of furniture can tip over causing head trauma and other injuries. Items left on top of the TV, furniture, and countertops, such as toys, remote controls and treats might tempt kids to climb. Verify that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor to the floor or attach to a wall. Free standing ranges and stoves should be installed with anti-tip brackets.
  • Windows & Coverings - Average of 10 deaths annually from window cords; average of 9 deaths and an estimated 3,700 injuries to children annually from window falls.  Children can strangle on window drapery and blind cords that can form a loop. Parents should use cordless blinds or keep cords and chains permanently out of the reach of children. Consumers should cut looped cords and install a safety tassel at the end of each pull cord or use a tie-down device, and install inner cord stays to prevent strangulation. Never place a child's crib or playpen within reach of a window blind. The dangers of windows don't end with window coverings and pull cords. Kids love to play around windows. Unfortunately, kids can be injured or die when they fall out of windows. Do not rely on window screens. Window screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep kids in. Safeguard your windows: repair pull cords ending in loops and install window guards or stops today.
  • Pool & Spa Drains - The suction from a pool drain can be so powerful that it can hold an adult under water, but most incidents involve children. The body can become sealed against the drain or hair can be pulled in and tangled. Missing or broken drain covers are a major reason many entrapment incidents occur. Pool and spa owners can consider installing a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS), which detects when a drain is blocked and automatically shuts off the pool pump or interrupts the water circulation to prevent an entrapment. Every time you use a pool or spa, inspect it for entrapment hazards. Check to make sure appropriate drain covers are in place and undamaged.
Article Source - U.S. CPSC
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