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5 Dangers in the Home Hiding in Plain Sight

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Mar-2017

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 replacing them.
  • 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 published a 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.

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