According to some reports and statistics, every year over 100,000 people are injured in kitchen related accidents. While burns rank highest in kitchen-related injuries, knives and electrical appliances are the secondary leading hazards. Store knives in a safe area, keep sharp and breakable items out of reach, and close and lock all cabinets and drawers. (Tot-Loks require a special 'key' to open cabinets that you can hide when you're not home... ideal for hazardous chemicals/cleaning supplies.)
Stats for tap water scalds (c/o
There are approximately 5,000 serious injuries from scalding tap water every year.
1,400 of these injuries result in overnight stays in a hospital.
Tap water burns account for up to 17% of all childhood burns requiring hospitalization.
85% of these deaths and injuries occur to children under 15 and seniors over 65.
Tap water can reach temperatures of 150° F, which can burn adult skin in 2 seconds.
Preventing injuries from scalding tap water is simple and only requires adjusting your hot water heater once. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends adjusting all hot water heaters to a maximum temperature of 120° F.
Stats for smoke/CO alarms (c/o Kidde's Worry Free line):
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports the majority of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no WORKING smoke alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries or the age of the alarm. Nearly 20% of American homes have smoke alarms that don't work.
Three-fourths of U.S. homes have a potential carbon monoxide (CO) source, such as a gas-burning furnace or water heater or an attached garage, but only half have a CO alarm.
Recent consumer survey shows that 43% of American homeowners have been awakened by that annoying chirping sound of a smoke alarm that needs a battery change.
Three out of four homeowners don't know where to place smoke alarms.
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