What’s the most dangerous room in your house?

Accidents can happen anywhere in the home and, in fact, the house is the most common location for an accident to happen. With more people spending time in the home in the past couple of years, this could have led to an increased risk of having an accident.

We’ll take a look at the most dangerous room in the house, the people who are more likely to suffer an injury as a result of an accident in the home, as well as some of the most common accidents.

The kitchen

According to a survey by National Accident Helpline, the kitchen is the room where you’re most likely to injure yourself, with 60% saying they’ve suffered after having an accident there. This is perhaps no surprise, especially as knives are cited as the biggest cause of injury in the home. Causing injuries ranging from minor cuts to deeper wounds needing hospital attention, these kitchen utensils could be the most dangerous equipment in the house.

The garden

Not strictly a room, but still part of a household, the garden was revealed as the second most common site of an accident. 33% had suffered an injury in their outside space, with trips and falls dominating. Whilst it might be difficult to prevent all accidents in the garden, particularly as it’s a place where children commonly enjoy playing, it’s worth making sure your outdoor area is as free as possible of potential hazards.

Exercise equipment

33% of those surveyed said exercise equipment was the cause of their home accident. With many of us working from home and lockdown having created the demand for home gyms, this could be behind the findings.

When using exercise equipment in the home, it’s important to make sure you know how to operate it correctly and to not exert yourself to help prevent accidents.

The safest rooms

According to the survey, the place in the home where you’re considered the safest is the attic, closely followed by the garage. However, this could be because residents spend the least amount of time in these areas.

Injuries by age

One of the most surprising findings is that older age groups are less likely to injure themselves more than once. It’s the 35-44-year-olds who have the most injuries with 83% having multiple accidents.

It’s important to be aware of potential hazards and risks in the home, as much as you would elsewhere. It’s often easy to be carefree in the comfort of your own surroundings but, as we’ve highlighted, accidents even more likely to happen there, compared to anywhere else.

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