With people spending more time at home than usual due to the pandemic, it is important that people are aware of the dangers of the home and how they can stay safe. The home may seem like a safe place, but the Royal Society for the Prevention of Injuries reports that it is the most common location for an accident to happen with 2.7 million Brits requiring a hospital visit after an accident in the home each year.
Obviously, the chances of sustaining an injury in the home are greater when people are spending more time there and particularly when many people are trying activities like learning new recipes, exercising and making home improvements. In order to stay safe, it is important that people know where the most dangerous places in the home are and what the most dangerous objects are.
This was something that was recently researched by the National Accident Helpline, who surveyed 2,000 UK residents to see where in the home they had been injured. 73% of respondents stated that they had injured themselves multiple times in the last year and the kitchen was by far the most dangerous place with 60% having suffered an injury here. This was followed by the garden (33%), living room (31%) and bathroom (26%).
In terms of objects, the survey revealed that a kitchen knife was the most dangerous with 49% of people hurting themselves while using this object. This was followed by exercise equipment (33%), the hob (24%) and a ladder (21%).
So, what can people do to stay safe in the home particularly during the pandemic? Obviously, taking care when performing hazardous tasks like cooking, exercising, gardening and DIY is key. In addition to this, you should also take steps such as cleaning up after yourself, securing rugs, being cautious of where you place hot liquids and making sure that you have a sturdy banner down the stairs (and grab rails in the bathroom if this an issue).
Additionally, people should only ever perform potentially dangerous activities when there is somebody else in the home. If you do suffer an injury in the home, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately as sometimes injuries will not present themselves straight away but will need attention. If the care that you receive is not adequate, there are always steps that you can take but hopefully this will not be an issue.
It is important that people are aware of just how dangerous the home can be, especially with people spending much more time here due to the pandemic.