At a time when home security is high on many US security lists, it is ironic that a major cause of death in the United States is right in our homes: Deaths from accidental injuries.
According to a series of new home insurance fund studies conducted at the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, the most current statistics available, 18,048 people were killed due to accidental home injuries every year in the US between 1992 and 1999. In 1998, 12 million were injured people at home to the extent that they required medical treatment.
Many of these injuries are due to poisoning, falls and fires, but there is another source of danger in your home that you may not have noticed: appliances. The following household appliances can really pose a risk to your health unless you take care and use them safely.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that space heaters are the source of 21,800 household fires each year and approximately 300 people die annually as a result of the related fires. Other problems with space heaters include natural gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns and electrical shocks. To keep you safe and enjoy the extra heat that a space heater can offer:
Keep heaters at least three meters from walls, bedding, clothes, pets and people
Switch off the heater when leaving the room or when you go to bed
Do not leave a portable heater without supervision
Never wipe socks or gloves on the heater
Do not use extension cables with electric space heater
Gas / ovens / ovens
Both gas and ovens can cause burns and fires. Be sure to keep pans cleaned by food crumbs that can catch fire as well as other flammable items such as dishcloths - never leave an oven unattended!
How often do you forget to clean the lint filter in your hair dryer? It's an honest mistake, but one that can cause fire. According to the CPSC, approximately 15 500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries associated with tumble dryer each year, always remember to clean the lens screen as often as possible. It's not only safer, but it will also keep your dryer more efficient. Other tips for safe hair dryers include:
Never let the dryer go when you're not home
Venta dry for outdoor (not to wall or wind)
Do not put synthetic fabrics, plastic, rubber or foam in a tumble dryer (they retain heat, which may cause fire)
Dishwashers are mature with hidden hazards that are especially dangerous to the children: scalding water, sharp tools and moving parts that small hands can try to grab. If you have young children, make sure you do not leave them unattended with a dishwasher. And, as an adult, be careful when you open a dishwasher - the steam that comes out can be extremely hot!
Of course, you should not put your hands near a running blender blade, but it also applies to spoons and other kitchen utensils that you may be tempted to use (they can easily be broken and the slits can face you). Another danger? Cleaning the blades should be done with great caution - they are extremely sharp!
Young children can be quickly burned by a hot iron - and a study showed that 74 percent of such burns occurred among supervised children! According to Michael Carius, MD, Chairman of the Emergency Department at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut:
It is usually the hands that burn, because the children touch the iron, and the children often fail to go when something is hot, so they end up in second degree burns that blow. These guarantee medical care; They are potentially a source of infection, which can lead to scarring and malfunction. "
Always be careful to turn off the iron immediately when not in use, and keep in mind that it will still be hot, and thus a potential hazard while it is cooling.