Issue 20 – September 2010
The number of people dying from accidents in the home is continuing to increase and now stands at 12 deaths per week, according to data released by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The most common cause was slips, trips, and falls, which accounted for 41% of ACC home injury claims last year.
'Many accidents could be avoided with just one simple change,' says ACC General Manager of Injury Prevention, Keith McLea. 'Something as simple as remembering to flick the light switch on when you use the stairs can help you avoid a fall.'
Home injury facts and simple changes you can make
- Slips, trips and falls make up 41% of all home accidents. One simple change: Wear non-slip shoes inside.
- More than 17 000 accidents occur in bathrooms each year. One simple change: Use non-slip mats in the bath and shower.
- 133 kids injure themselves running through glass or falling out of a window every week.
One simple change: Make sure that you can see glass doors – add stickers or a frosted panel to make them more visible.
- Last year 5400 people were injured using a ladder at home – that's 15 people every day.
One simple change: Don't over reach sideways while on a ladder.
- 40% of homes have dangerously hot water. One simple change: Ensure your hot water is 55°C at the tap.
- The more alcohol you drink the greater your risk of injury. One simple change: If you are organising a party at home, plan activities so drinking isn't the focus.
For more simple changes you can make visit www.homesafety.co.nz (www.homesafety.co.nz).
- NZS 4102:1996 Safer house design (Guidelines to reduce injury at home)