In Case of Emergency

In case of emergency dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.  For poisonings, dial the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.

Accidental Injury

By definition, an accidental injury is an injury that could have been prevented. While 100% of all home injuries cannot be prevented, many can. The Healthy Homes Coalition wants families to be safe in their homes.

 

What are the most common accidental injuries in the home?

All combined, burns and scalds, falls, and poisonings are responsible for 86% of home injury deaths. Drowning only comprise 3% of home deaths, and fire arms only 1%. All accidents are preventable.

Trips and falls are the leading cause of unintentional home injury and cause 43% of home injury deaths. Fires and burns are the third leading cause of accidental home injury and cause 9% of home injury deaths. But fire is not the only way children get burned. Bathing and kitchen related accidents are the most common causes of scalds and result in approximately 3,800 injuries each year.

Poisonings are the cause of 34% of home injury deaths, and are the result of not only chemicals kept in reach of children, but also carbon monoxide poisoning and misuse of medication.

Data from the National Center for Healthy Housing

Did You Know...

69% of homes with young children store household chemicals in unlocked areas.

Join the Healthy Homes Team!

The Healthy Homes Coalition is looking for a Community Organizer to support Parents for Healthy Homes as they advance equity and safety for our kids by promoting policies, investments, and systems that put an end to substandard housing for Grand Rapids families.


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