Aside from which rooms in your home are the most dangerous – you may also be surprised to know that accidents are the leading cause of child deaths – not disease and illness. Over 9,000 children die each year due to accidents and over half of the accidents occur at home.
Know the danger zones and take extra precautions to secure the most dangerous rooms in your home against child accidents.
Leading Causes of Accidents by Room
Your kitchen is the single most dangerous room in your house. It contains poisoning from household cleaners, burn dangers, sharp objects, cabinets, and more. The top kitchen injuries include stovetop burns, accidental poisoning, and injuries caused by sharp objects such as knives.
Next on the list is the bathroom. Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages one to four. Bathtubs, toilets, and sinks all present a danger for young kids, as well as, electrical shock accidents. Overdoses and poisoning are also at the top of the accident list in bathrooms.
Bedrooms present their set of danger with suffocation hazards, radiator burns, and falls from unsecured windows. For children age 12 and younger, suffocation is the leading cause of accidental deaths. Cribs should be free of blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals – located away from choking hazards such as cords and blinds.
The living room and common rooms present strangulation hazards from blinds and cords, trip and fall injuries, as well as, fireplace burns. All TVs and furniture should be secured to prevent objects from falling on small children.
Last but not least – did you know that every six minutes, a child is treated in the emergency room for stair-related injuries? All stairs should be equipped with safety rails and safety gates to prevent falls and injury.
Safety and Prevention
Many of these accidents can be avoided when proper safety measures are taken. Walk around your home and inspect each room for hazards. Pay special attention to drowning dangers, suffocation hazards, areas that contain poisons or medications, as well as, tripping and falling dangers.
There are safety products on the market for almost every single one of these accidental deaths and injuries that can prevent disaster from striking in your own home.