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Home Safety Month 2009 Hands on Home Safety. Why Home Safety?. Home Safety Council Research. According to The State of Home Safety in America™ – the largest and most comprehensive study of injuries at home:. Each year, preventable injuries are the fifth leading cause of death overall

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Home Safety Month 2009Hands on Home Safety



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Home Safety Council Research

According to TheState of Home Safety in America™ – the largest and most comprehensive study of injuries at home:

  • Each year, preventable injuries are the fifth leading cause of death overall

  • Each year, preventable injuries specifically in the home:

    • Are 2.5 times more likely to cause injury than car crashes

    • Cost our nation up to $380 billion


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Home Safety Research

The State of Home Safety in America™

  • Leading Causes of Home Injury Death:

    • Falls

    • Poisonings

    • Fires and Burns

    • Choking

    • Drowning

Conducted by the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center


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Cost to Employers

  • Home injuries cost employers $38 billion in a single year, or $104 million per day



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June is Home Safety Month

  • Home Safety Month Theme – Hands on Home Safety

  • Call to Action:Take a hands-on approach to make your home safer and protect your entire family against the leading causes of home injury:

    • Falls

    • Poisonings

    • Fires and Burns/Scalds

    • Choking/Suffocation

    • Drowning



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New Research

  • In preparation for Home Safety Month in June, the Home Safety Council commissioned Kelton Research to conduct a survey of parents to identify what actions, if any, they are taking at home to protect their family from accidental injuries.

  • The results show that while almost all parents (99 percent) feel it’s important to keep their family safe at home, very few are taking all of the recommended steps to prevent home injuries.


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Focus on the Five

  • Hands on Home Safety

  • Call to Action: Take a hands-on approach to home safety by following simple steps to protect against the leading causes of home injury:

    • Falls

    • Poisonings

    • Fires and Burns

    • Choking/Suffocation

    • Drowning


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New Research – Falls Prevention

  • Just 13 percent of parents have installed grab bars in tubs and showers to prevent falls.

  • Nearly a third (32 percent) of caregivers admitted the stairways and hallways in their home are not well lit and clear of clutter.


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Prevent Falls

  • Have grab bars in the tub and shower.

  • Have bright lights over stairs and steps and on landings.

  • Have handrails on both sides of the stairs and steps.

  • Use a ladder for climbing instead of a stool or furniture.

  • If babies or toddlers live in or visit your home, use baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.


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New Research – Poison Prevention

  • Nearly half (49 percent) of caregivershave not installed a carbon monoxide alarm in their home.

  • 40 percent of parents do not store medications in high cabinets secured with cabinet locks.


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Prevent Poisoning

  • Read the label before using potentially dangerous products.

  • If you see the words “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison” or “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” lock these items in a place where children can’t reach them.

  • Use medications carefully. Read the directions.

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas.

  • Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you need help or have a question about poisons.

  • Call 9-1-1 if someone needs to go to the hospital right away.


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New Research – Fire Safety

  • In a fire, families have as little as three minutes to escape the home safely.

  • When asked what they have done to prepare their family for a fire, only one in four of the parents surveyed reported that they have planned and practiced a family fire escape plan.

  • Nearly a quarter of parents admitted that they leave the stove unattended when cooking.


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Practice Fire & Burn Safety

  • Install working smoke alarms on each level, and hold fire drills.

  • If you build a new home, have fire sprinklers installed if at all possible.

  • Stay by the stove when cooking; or turn it off if you walk away.

  • Lock matches and lighters up high, where children can’t reach them. Store them in a cabinet that is not directly over the stove or other heat source.

  • Keep your hot water at 120 F or set the water heater just below the medium setting to help prevent scald burns.


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New Research – Choking Hazards

  • Home Safety Council research shows that choking/suffocation is the leading cause of home injury death for children under age one and the fourth leading cause overall.


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Prevent Choking & Suffocation

  • Keep common choking dangers such as coins, hard round foods and latex balloons out of children’s reach.

  • Clip the loops in window cords and place them up high where children can’t get them.

  • Don’t place pillows, comforters or toys inside or on the crib.

  • Read the labels on toys. Be sure your child is old enough to play with them.

  • Tell children to sit down while they eat and to take small bites.


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New Research – Water Safety

  • According to the new survey, 62 percent of the parents said their children plan to swim in local or backyard pools this summer.

  • The only measure scientifically proven to reduce pool drowning is proper fencing, yet 92 percent of parents surveyed do not have a four-sided fence that goes all around the pool.


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Be Smart Around Water

  • Pay attention and stay within an arm’s length of children in and around water. This includes the bathtub, toilet, pools and spas – even buckets of water.

  • Empty large buckets and wading pools after using them. Keep them upside down when you are not using them.

  • Put a fence all the way around your pool or spa.

  • Make sure your children always swim with a buddy. No child or adult should swim alone.



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New & Improved Home Safety Council Web Site

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  • www.MySafeHome.org: the all new Home Safety Council Web site includes a suite of interactive features


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New Tools & Resources For You

  • The all new MySafeHome.org:

    • Follows a life stage approach, offering safety tools, information and forums where you can learn and share experiences with other caregivers

      • Start Safe: babies and toddlers

      • Great Safety Adventure: pre-school to middle school age children

      • My Safe Home: safety for the entire family

      • Safe Seniors: older adult safety

    • What Kind of Safety Mom Are You? Quiz series

    • MySafeHome Tour: Tour the virtual home to learn about potential dangers and key safety advice room-by-room.


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New Resource – Scald Burn Prevention Booklet

  • Step-by-step guide to help you protect loved ones against scald and burn dangers.

  • This "flip book style" resource includes instructional photographs and checklists, in English and in Spanish.

  • Walks you through the actions you can take to prevent scald burn injuries at home.


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Hands on Home Safety Materials

  • HSC offers many tools and resources (in English and Spanish) to help you learn more about home safety and disaster preparedness.


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Thank You!

  • For caring about home safety

  • Learn more at: www.MySafeHome.org


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