The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released their list of the top five hidden home hazards, and not surprisingly magnets top the list.
Top 5 Hidden Hazards in The Home
#1 – Magnets
1 death and 86 injuries
8 million magnetic toys have been recalled
Magnets stick together in a child’s intestines and cause serious injuries.
#2 – Recalled Products in General
Each year there are about 400 recalls from the CPSC alone. The CPSC is very good about getting dangerous products off the shelves, but unfortunately many consumers who have already purchased these products are not aware of the recall or the dangers until it is too late. That is why we recommend weekly visits to US Recall News, signing up for our newsletter, and checking the various government recall agencies regularly.
#3 – Tip Overs
About 22 people die and thousands are injured each year when poorly supported items like book shelves and TV stands tip over, or when products like chairs are used for reasons other than their specified uses, such as a ladder.
#4 – Windows and Coverings
About 12 deaths per year occur due to strangulation from window blind cords, and there are about 9 deaths and 3,700 injuries from children falling out of open windows, usually while leaning up against a screen that comes loose.
#5 – Pool and Spa Drains
The suction from pool drains may not seem powerful when you stand next to it, but when the entire drain is covered it is often enough suction power to hold a child in place and drown them, and sometimes even disembowel someone if they are sitting on the drain.
Go check out the CPSC List for tips on what you can do to avoid these five common, but often hidden household dangers.