The National Safety Council reported there were 175,500 preventable injuries in homes and communities in 2021. Going into your neighborhood may feel safe, but there are many hazards lurking that could lead to you or your children suffering an injury.
You likely take the safety of our neighborhoods for granted, but it is important to be aware of the leading causes of injuries that can occur within our communities.
One of the most common causes of injuries in neighborhoods is slip and fall accidents. These incidents often occur due to neglected maintenance of public walkways and private properties. Uneven sidewalks, poorly maintained stairs and icy pathways in the winter months can all contribute to slips and falls. These accidents can result in painful fractures, sprains and other injuries.
While dogs can be wonderful companions, they can also pose risks if owners do not properly control and supervise them. Unleashed or aggressive dogs can lead to severe injuries, especially among children and the elderly.
Reckless driving, speeding and failure to obey traffic rules can result in accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. These accidents often lead to severe injuries, ranging from fractures to head trauma.
Playgrounds are another potential source of injuries, particularly for children. Insufficient maintenance and the absence of safety features can lead to accidents on playground equipment. Falls from swings and slides, as well as collisions with other children, can result in injuries that range from minor bruises to more severe fractures or concussions.
Faulty wiring, unattended stoves and open flames can lead to house fires that put residents at risk. Burns can cause excruciating pain and result in long-term scarring.
Knowing what can contribute to the risk of injury within your community can help you keep yourself and your family safe. By taking proactive measures, you can also help to create safer neighborhoods and reduce the occurrence of these injuries.