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How to Mitigate Common Household Hazards

By Ally Hirschlag

June 21 2019 11:45 AM EDT

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   Many of us associate home with feeling safe and sound, but there are actually a surprising number of things around the house that can become dangerous if not handled correctly. Ordinary household furniture that hasn't been secured properly, for example, was responsible for over 14,000 emergency room visits and 450 deaths between 2000 and 2017. In 2017, poisoning was ranked the number one most preventable death, and 90% of poisonings occur in the home.

   So yes, your house is home to a lot of hazards, but once you recognize them and make them as safe as possible, there's no reason to feel unsafe there.
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