Home Safety: How Safe Are Our Homes?
When we start looking for new houses, we look at the architecture of the house first. Other things like the water system, location, cost, then come into consideration. But the subject of home safety rarely crosses our minds. How often do we keep home safety as our prime concern while building a new home? Or buying a new one?
Home injuries are widely prevalent. The number of accidents that occur in our own homes is higher than the number of any other outdoor accidents. According to WHO, injuries kill about 5.8 million people each year globally which accounts for 10% of the world’s deaths. This is 32% more than the number of people dying from malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS combined. We should definitely prioritize home safety while purchasing a house because home accidents are something we can prevent easily.
The victims of home injuries are mostly children. Home safety does not only concern the adults of the house but also the children. In busy city life, parents are focused on their career and most of the parents leave their children at home with minimal supervision. As a result, children become more vulnerable and susceptible to home accidents. It is reported that injury and violence kill about 950,000 children and young people under the age of 18 years annually. Among these cases, 90% are unintentional injuries that could have been simply prevented. We barely put into account home injuries as one of the main reasons for children’s deaths.
The most common type of home accidents are falls, cuts, poisoning, burns, choking, and drowning. Among these, falls are the main enemy of home safety. Usually, children and senior citizens become the victims of falls leading to concussions, fractures, and even death. About 2,000 children under age 14 years die due to a home injury. This number is expected to rise as the population in the urban areas is rapidly increasing. Most home accidents are associated with a busy city lifestyle where people have very little time to think about their home safety.
We need to start prioritizing our home safety because we never know how dangerous even our dream house can be. At the Urban Space, we have kept Home Safety as the prime concern. Our designers have worked extensively to design a truly safe and kids friendly home for you and your family. You can read more about the Home Safety Measures implemented in the Urban Space homes here. Here is a short video on how safety measures are developed while designing the homes at the Urban Space.