Keeping safe in the home
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.