Laundry detergent pods—those convenient dissolvable packets you just
throw into the washing machine—have become extremely popular in
recent years. However, who would have thought they could pose a danger
to your child’s eyes? The
New England Journal of Medicine recently released a bulletin stating that between 2012 and 2015, incidents
of ocular burns from detergent pods in pre-school children increased 32-fold.
The colorful pods seem attractive to play with, and if they rupture, the
liquid can either squirt into the child’s eye or be transferred
from the hand to the eye.
Detergent pods represent just one example of common dangers lurking in
your home that you might not have anticipated. Let’s look at a few
more examples of these unexpected threats and how you can make your home safer:
Window blind cords. As
Consumer Reports reveals, approximately one child per month dies of strangulation from a window
blind cord. If your home has pre-2001 blinds with the loop cord, consider
Plants. Many common plants we use for landscaping or to spruce up our homes are
actually poisonous to humans if ingested—and of course, many young
children like to put things in their mouths. The state of New York has
helpful list of poisonous plants to avoid if you have young kids.
Lead in your plumbing. Most of us know about the dangers of lead in old paint, but older homes
may also have lead lurking in the pipes, seeping into the drinking water.
To reduce this risk, use a water filter designed for lead removal.
Sleepover guests. You know which items to keep out of children’s reach; your house
guest might not. Toiletry bags often contain potentially harmful items
like razors and medicines. If you have a visitor staying with you, make
sure they know to keep these products out of reach.
For more home safety tips, check out our post
Home Safety Tips for Poison Prevention Week.
If you or a loved one is hurt or injured, call our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about your rights.