BATH TIMES SLIPS AND FALLS INJURE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN EVERY YEAR:
Many associate bathroom slips and falls with the elderly, but a new national study shows that may not be true. Children are getting injured from accidents in the bathroom at a surprising rate.
We assume that scalding or near drowning would be the most common threat to a child in the bathroom, but we are finding that information is false.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital released numbers stating that more than 43,000 children kids a year are being treated in emergency rooms for bathroom related slips and falls. That’s an average of 120 children a day. It’s shocking!
The most frightening fact is that most accidents happen while the parents are watching their children. Gary Smith, MD, with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Injury and Research and Policy states, “Unfortunately, adult supervision isn’t enough to prevent injury, they happen so quickly that a parent simply can’t react quickly enough to prevent them.”
In the August 2009 issue of “Pediatrics”, researchers have found that most injuries occur to children under 4, and most often to the face. Children in this age group tend to be less stable on their feet. They are also short enough to hit the faucet, soap dish or edge of tub.
HOW CAN THIS BE PREVENTED?
We may not be able to completely eliminate these accidents, but there are some steps we can take to make our bathrooms much safer:
- Install slip-resistant grab bars which can be easily purchased at Amazon.com.
- Non-slip mats should be placed in every tub and shower in the home.
- Never leave a child unsupervised in the tub or shower
*The Center for Injury Research and Policy is a CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) and focuses on the investigation and prevention of children and adolescents.
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2010
April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement founded in 1970, or as we call it, Earth Day.
The first earth day achieved a rare political alignment. It joined Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor, urbanites and farmers. This movement led to the creation of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Acts.
From a grass roots campaign in 1970, Earth Day now includes approximately 5,000 environmental groups, 184 countries and millions of people.
So on April 22nd, stop and think about building a clean, healthy world for generations to come: turn off those extra lights, take a shorter shower, don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth, and turn down your heat thermostat (find an energy savings thermostat at Amazon.com). It’s the little things you can do as an individual that will make a better future for everyone.