I know most have heard the saying, “You’re only as young as you feel” and while this sounds perfectly good, it isn’t always true. As we get older, certain household and normal products become more of a hazard. Here are 5 household products that require more caution when being used.
1.Toilets: Now, you could be thinking, “How can my toilet cause me any harm? I’ve used it multiple times a day since I can remember!” While this is true, as we get older we become more susceptible to weaker muscles and joints, mainly in our legs. Each year more than 34,000 injuries are inflicted each year. Due to this, the act of sitting down and then standing up from the toilet can become difficult. A way to make this every day action easier is to install handlebars next to the toilet or get a specialized taller toilet.
2. Ladders and Step Stools: While cleaning or fixing things up around the house, if a step stool is being used make sure it’s a sturdy one. Over 30,000 injuries are caused each year due to slipping or falling off. This then can lead to worse injuries such as back, knee, or bone fractures. When deciding on a stool, choose one with rubber tips and a base that’s wider than the top.
3. Porches and Balconies: As time goes on and weather takes a toll, the surfaces can start rotting and corroding. This causes the balcony or porch to become jagged or loose, which could cause a potential slip or bad fall. Over 19,000 injuries occur every year so it’s important to notice those small changes.
4. Garden Tools: While being outside in the sun is recommended, doing yard work can be the reason for injury as well. With tools such as lawn mowers, rakes, shovels, etc. an average of 80,000 injuries are recorded. It’s important to remember to wear the right protective gear such as gloves, eye protection, and the right shoes.
5. Appliances: With several devices being used every day, the potential for injury goes up significantly. Appliances such as toasters, blenders, dryers, etc. are at risk for starting house fires if not properly cleaned and taken care of. Cleaning out the lint trap, unplugging from the wall, and general cleaning of such appliances will reduce the likelihood of injury occurring.