ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), whose mission is to save lives and reduce injuries, quotes that,
“In the UK annually, home accidents cause almost 2.7 million A&E department attendances”.
With more accidents happening at home than anywhere else, is important to look at why these accidents happen and what steps we can take to protect our family from such incidences.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
With “approximately 50 accidental deaths in the UK annually from CO poisoning and over 1,000 cases of recorded admissions to hospital”, many people suffer unknowingly from CO poisoning, hence why it is often known as the Silent Killer, which is why early detection is vital.
For peace of mind whether at home or when travelling, place one of these Carbon Monoxide Detectors near your gas burning appliance for an early warning of any dangerous leaks. If Carbon Monoxide is present the spot on the detector will darken.
Carbon Monoxide is produced when appliances such as gas stoves, fires, heating boilers and gas-powered water heaters are not fully burning their fuel. Carbon monoxide is colourless, tasteless and has no smell, making it difficult to recognise.
Trips and Falls
“Children under the age of 5 and people over 65 are most likely to have an accident at home. Falls are the most common accident with the risk increasing with age”.
This ergonomically designed bathroom safety handle is ideal for those who need a little extra support when entering and exiting the bath or shower. Suited for tiled surfaces or the side of the bath, it grips in seconds and there’s no drilling or fixing required. The special safety lock ensures it’s always fixed securely.
Ruggies grip so rugs don’t slip! They help prevent curled corners, bunches, clips and most importantly, trips and falls. Easy and quick to use, simply press and stick on hard flooring and even carpeting. Tacky grip polymer technology grips the rug, while hundreds of suction pockets grip to the floor.
If you find it hard to walk and carry items at the same time, the Walker Caddy can be attached to your walker, letting you safely and easily carry meals and drinks without the fear of falling. Under the lid is a roomy storage basket allowing you to carry a wide variety of personal items including knitting, stationery, crafts etc.
Burns and Scolds
“An average of 13 children a day under the age of 4 suffer a severe injury from a burn or scald” making it important to take measures to reduce the risk.
Simple steps to take are:
Always put the cold water in first when running a bath.
Use the Bath Tap Cover to guard against scalds and bumps at bath time. Our inflatable spout covers fit securely over most single or mixer taps. Accidental burns or knocks will be a thing of the past!
Keep hot drinks out of reach of young children – hot drinks stay hot for a long time and can scold long after being made.
Use the Oven Shelf Silicone Burn Guard. We pride ourselves on offering you ingenious products that fulfil an everyday need. Our Shelf Guard is no exception and is one of those items that enhance safety in the kitchen at an affordable price. How many times have you burned your arm or hand on the shelf of your oven? Our Shelf Guard can be easily slipped over the outer edge of your oven creating a heat-safe shield that remains cool to the touch even up to temperatures of 300 degrees centigrade. Protect yourself from burns and scalds the easy way.
“Around 25,000 under fives attend A&E departments each year after being accidentally poisoned”.
Remember to always keep our cleaning products and other chemicals locked away to prevent accidental poisoning.
General Home Safety
Some other general accident prevention products you may be interested in:
An easy way to help childproof your house is by covering up plug sockets, as they can pose a danger to toddlers and babies. Our plug socket protectors fit securely in the socket and can only be removed with adult hands.
Designed for use on most divan style beds, this sturdy bed rail offers safety and stability to those who have difficulty getting in and out of bed.
All facts in “Bold” are quoted from ROSPA’s website LINK – www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/ Visit their website to find more useful advice, tips and statistics.
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