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Home Environments and their Relationship to Safety

  • By: Bonnie Braun & Elizabeth Frost Maring
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Home is the focus of family life and the place where most people spend the majority of their time. There, they face a broad range of hazards such as those that contribute to injury (e.g., insufficient lighting, poisoning, scalding water temperatures) and asthma (e.g., dust allergens, molds, and pests), and those which affect the quality of the indoor air such as toxic materials (e.g., lead, asbestos, pesticides, and household products) and dangerous gases (e.g., carbon monoxide and radon). These housing issues threaten the health and safety of family members.

Extent of Problem

A review of the literature reveals data on the extent of the problem. First, injuries at home accounted for about half of all injuries from 2004 to 2005. Falls are a leading cause of ...

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