CRIME INFORMATION FOR ORLANDO, GAINESVILLE & OCALA

How to Minimize Risks from Common Household Dangers

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Last year, more than 130,000 people died from unintentional injuries. These injuries, including poisoning, falls and drowning, are often the result of common household hazards. Fortunately, you can take simple steps to reduce the risk of injury from these hazards.

Poisoning

Poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional-injury-related deaths for all ages combined. Proper storage is key to preventing poisoning – especially among children

  • Store all chemicals and household cleaners securely and out of reach of children

  • Dispose of unused medications, and keep medicines away from children and pets

  • Use safety latches on any cabinets containing poisonous substances such as laundry detergent or pesticides

  • Never keep your car running inside a closed garage

Falls

Falls are another major cause of injury-related death, particularly for those over the age of 70. Many of these falls occur inside the home, so creating an environment with limited fall hazards is vital.

  • Remove any clutter

  • Keep rooms and walkways well-lit

  • Clean up spills immediately

  • If you have young children, install gates at the top and bottom of stairs

Drowning

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-2. Most of these drowning deaths result from children falling into pools or being left alone in a bathtub.

  • Install a gate around your pool

  • Have your young children learn life-saving swimming techniques

  • Never leave your child unattended in the tub

Fires

In 2015, there were approximately 365,500 fires in homes across the United States. Fires can cause complete devastation of property and loss of life.

Understanding these home safety hazards is important to keep your family safe. We’re here to help. Contact Crime Prevention Security Systems today for a free home security consultation.

 

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