Here at Healthy Homes, we have a small, but mighty volunteer force. And, possibly no volunteer is more known around the offices as a go-to helper than Alex Markham. She has been a very regular giver of time, talent, and passion over the past three years, and we are thankful to have her as part of the team.
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.
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.
This fall, Healthy Homes is starting a new lead education program to help any local family who wants to learn more about lead, and how to manage lead hazards in their home.
Hugo Claudin is the newest full-time staff member in the Healthy Homes direct services department. He will be working directly with families struggling with environmental hazards in their homes, visiting them, making action plans for them, and building relationships with them. Hugo brings a unique perspective and experience to this position. Before coming here, he previously worked for Spectrum Health, LINC, and The Red Project, all in a community health capacity. He is also a well-known artist and musician, and an all-around interesting guy.