Accident is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. Occupational health, safety and environment security play a major role in the home and at our public spaces. According to study, unintentional accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 45.
A health, safety and environment consultant, Mr. Ibukunoluwa Owolabi shared some insights on “Accident at home and ways to prevent”. He highlighted some common in-home risks.
Owolabi explained that falls are among the most common household accidents, especially for young children and the elderly. It can lead to serious injuries like concussions, broken bones and even death.
“The best way to prevent falls is to use extra caution around the house. Install assistance devices like grab bars in showers for older people, or gates around stairs in houses with young children,” he said.
Other suggestions include using non-skid rubber mats in kitchens and bathrooms, and keeping floors clear of tripping hazards like toys or shoes, trailing cables, oils and water on our floors
The safety consultant noted that many household accidents happen in the kitchen, with minor cuts being the most common. To avoid cuts, he said knives should always be sharp and keep them stored securely in a knife block when not in use.
He said that “everyone should maintain a first aid kit for those occasional minor injuries, be sure to check it regularly to make sure everything is up-to-date, and replenish used items like bandages and alcohol.”
Children are especially prone to accidental poisoning in the home because they might ingest medications or cleaning supplies found in unlocked cabinets or rat poison. But adults are also at risk of poisoning through exposure to substances like carbon monoxide.
“Even something as simple as dish detergent can be toxic to children. To prevent accidental poisoning or exposure in the house, make sure cabinets are fitted with childproof locks and don’t drop rat poison or harmful materials carelessly around the house,” Owolabi stressed.
BURNS AND FIRE SAFETY
The kitchen is the most obvious spot for accidental burns to occur, but the cooking gas is not the only place in the house where you should watch out. Owolabi warned that house occupants should make sure the temperature of water heater is below 120 degrees. More so, people should always keep your gas cylinder outside the kitchen.