The cost to the National Health Service of treating home accident injuries is estimated at £450 million per year, with an additional £1,740 million for the cost of lost output, pain, grief and suffering.
Some facts and figures
- The biggest single cause of accidents is human error
- With forethought most accidents could be prevented
- Most people are injured in their own homes than anywhere else
- In 1995 home accidents accounted for 37% of all accidents requiring hospital treatment
- Falls of one kind or another account for over 38% of all home accidents
- Fire is one of the most serious hazards in any home. It is fast spreading, lethal and devastating, yet very often preventable
- Accidents involving children often occur in the presence of an adult
- Many accidents occur in the home from everyday activities such as children playing, preparing food, simply moving about the house, carrying out DIY and other household repairs
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