About Household Injury

Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults. Yet many injuries are preventable.

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The Facts

Household injuries are commonly caused by:

  • Falls
  • Fires/burns
  • Electrical hazards
  • Slip and fall hazards
  • Tripping hazards
  • Chemical poisonings
  • Choking hazards

The Risks

  • 1.6 million older adults were treated in U.S. emergency departments for unintentional fall-related injuries and 388,000 of these patients were subsequently hospitalized
  • 47 percent of households in the US with children under 5 years old had a pesticide stored in an unlocked cabinet within reach of a child
  • 400,000 residential fires each year result in $7 billion in property damage and 3,000 deaths.

Steps you can take

  • Install smoke detectors. One on each floor and outside of bedrooms. Check your local fire department to see about obtaining free smoke detectors.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors. One outside of bedrooms and one on the main level of the house.
  • Store poisonous chemicals in a child-proof cabinet (safety latches). Anything with Caution, Warning, or Danger on the label needs to be away from your children.
  • Store weapons and ammunition separately. Ammunition should be locked up so that kids cannot access.
  • Prevent slips, trips and falls by keeping floors in repair and clear of anything that may cause tripping. Install senior fall prevention measures where appropriate.

The Green & Healthy Homes Quiz is a quick and easy way to determine if your home has any potential hazards and what you can do to address them.