CPSC sees sharp spike in at-home accidents
For many Americans, the pandemic has provided more time at home, but even for introverts, this comes with a downside.
A new report shows more people are getting hurt by products found around the house, everything from fireworks to skateboards.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), overall ER visits have declined between March and September of 2020. But reported injuries from household items have skyrocketed.
For example, the number of those hurt from fireworks and flares is up 56%. Emergency visits related to button-sized batteries rose 93% among children ages five to nine. Doctor visits involving cleaning supplies have also spiked.
CPSC’s Joe Martyak said, “It’s that combination of factors. Distraction. All this multitasking that’s being done and everyone in the house that sets up a greater exposure for risk in the house.”
To avoid any at-home accidents, CPSC says to:
- Keep cleaning products in their original bottles and lock them up, away from small children
- Wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skateboard, bike, etc.
- Keep young children away from fireworks
- Keep small, swallowable batteries away from kids
- Know the number for poison control in case of emergency, (800) 222-1222