In this time of many of us staying at home and only leaving for essentials like groceries, it’s important to know the most common accidents that occur in the home, and how to prevent or treat them.
The most common accidents are trips and falls. Keep the house clean and make sure that there are no objects on the floor, and that electrical or phone cords are safely out of the way of your footpath.
If you have children or pets, there is a danger that they may accidentally pull objects down and injure themselves. Make sure glass objects, tablecloth edges, and dish towels are safely out of reach in order to reduce the risk of falling objects.
Still, accidents can happen. That’s why it’s important to have cold packs and First Aid kits at home. Many injuries, like minor bruises, sprains, or cuts, can be treated simply and easily. If an injury occurs at home, here’s what to do:
- Even a minor fall can cause pain and bruising. A minor bruise can be treated with a cold pack on the affected areas. If it turns out to be more serious, including a broken bone, you should seek medical help.
- Sprains are most common in the ankles and wrists. It’s when a ligament is stretched, twisted, or torn. Most sprains can be treated with an ice pack.
- Especially in the kitchen, cuts and burns pose a common danger. For cuts, apply pressure to stop the bleeding and apply antiseptic to the area. If the blood does not stop flowing quickly, contact your doctor.
- Of course, another common kitchen risk are burns. If a burn occurs, run cold water over the affected area as soon as possible. Cover the burn with a clean plastic bag to keep the area clean. For anything beyond a minor burn, contact your doctor.
Some injuries are more severe than others, and could require an ambulance ride to the hospital. But one ride to the hospital can cost up to $50,000.