Keep­ing safe in the home

Central Leader - - News -

Home may seem like a safe haven, but for thou­sands of Auck­lan­ders it can be a danger­ous place.

Last year, there were more than 13,000 in­juries in Auck­land homes and 140 of them were fa­tal, with most ac­ci­dents hap­pen­ing in the kitchen.

Home safety is the theme for Safety NZ Week, which runs un­til Sun­day.

ACC’s in­jury preven­tion gen­eral man­ager Katie Sadleir says more than 650,000 New Zealan­ders will sus­tain a home in­jury this year.

More than 36,000 of those in­juries will re­quire hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, while 500 of those in­jured will die, with a child dy­ing ev­ery two weeks from an in­jury in the home.

“Home in­juries are both se­ri­ous and com­mon and the num­ber of fa­tal home in­juries is nearly five times that of work­place fatal­i­ties.

“That’s why this year’s Safety NZ Week is fo­cus­ing on in­jury preven­tion at home,” she says.

Sim­ple steps can be taken to make homes safer, in­clud­ing putting in non-slip shower and bath mats, wear­ing non­slip shoes on wooden floors, keep­ing stair­ways free from clut­ter and well lit and mak­ing sure glass slid­ing doors are vis­i­ble.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Safety NZ Week and keep­ing safe in the home, visit www.home safety.co.nz.

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