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How Safe Is Your Home?

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A surprising number of physical injuries happen inside the home (about a third of all injuries). The sad truth is that they are more likely to affect small children and the elderly the most.

Some of the most common problems that can cause in-home injuries are falls, burns, poisoning, inadequate railings, and banisters.

Falls are the single largest cause of in-home injury deaths. Almost 6,000 people a year die from injuries that occur from falls in the home. The elderly are four times more likely to die as a direct result of a fall.

Each year falls cause almost 9 million trips to the emergency room. Almost a third of people 65 and older experience a fall that leads to moderate or severe injuries and almost a third of those experience moderate to severe hip fractures.

People over 75 have 95% of all hip fractures and are much more likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or more as a result of an injury sustained as a result of a fall in the home.

One of the most effective preventive measures that you can perform is to have adequate grab bars installed in your bathroom. Safety in the bathroom is very important because of the number of slippery hard surfaces. Slipping and falling in the bathroom often results in serious injuries because of the hard surfaces involved.

Preventing Falls in the Home

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