Have Kids? Be Aware of Everyday Dangers in the Home

While your home is your refuge away from the chaos of the world, complacency can be dangerous. There are many household hazards that can lead to serious injury. Children are especially vulnerable. Objects as seemingly innocent as those window coverings you carefully selected, the fabulous appliance that cleans your flatware, or the potted plant from your favorite aunt can actually pose threats to your kids. If you have young children, consider getting down on their level and looking at your house through their perspective. See how easy it is for that TV to topple down? To be tempted to climb the unbalanced bookshelf? Touch the shiny, pointy objects sticking out of the dishwasher? How about the windows? Do they have blinds or shades that operate with cords that look fun to pull on? Getting tangled in such cords has resulted in at least 300 fatalities in the last 30 years as well as serious injuries such as quadriplegia or brain damage. Regardless of coverings, windows are a natural draw and one open just a few inches can result in a fatal fall. Screens are not designed to hold back the weight of a child. Instead, install window guards or window stops, open double-hung windows from the top rather than the bottom, move furniture away from windows, and keep windows locked whenever possible. Televisions, bookshelves, dressers, and stoves all present tip-over hazards. As many as one child every two weeks dies when hit by or trapped beneath a falling TV, piece of furniture, or appliance. Many more are injured. These accidents commonly stem from children climbing onto the object, unaware of the danger. Some are reaching for something they want, so be careful where you place things that you think are out of their reach. Kids have been known to open oven doors and dresser drawers to make stairs. Others think that the TV screens are interactive and will try to touch them. Where possible, store heavy items on bottom shelves/drawers to help stabilize furniture. And use anti-tip brackets or safety straps to secure televisions, stoves, and furniture to the wall. Other useful tips:

  • Add a soft border around fireplaces.
  • Make sure all plants are nontoxic.
  • Point all sharp utensils downward in the dishwasher.
  • Close and latch the dishwasher when it’s not being used.
  • Place lamps far back on tables.
  • Secure power cords to the baseboard.
  • Inspect used baby gear and toys for missing or broken parts.
  • Consider having your home tested for lead paint.
  • Keep devices with easily-opened battery compartments away from little fingers (button cell batteries are particularly dangerous if they leak or are swallowed).
  • Do daily sweeps of the kitchen counter, coffee table, or wherever it is in your house where objects tend to collect, and don’t let small items accumulate (coins, pins, jewelry, bottle caps, pen tops, paper clips, rubber bands, etc.).
Take an active role in household safety. You’ll be glad you did. If you have any questions about this topic, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the personal injury attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm. We have years of experience helping people, and we can help you. Our knowledgeable legal team will work closely with you every step of the way and will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Based in Pikeville, KY, we proudly serve communities throughout the Bluegrass State. Contact us by calling 1-855-433-7534 or filling out our online form.

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