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What common household accidents could send me to the emergency room (ER)?

The most common household accidents that could send you to the emergency room (ER) are falls, poisoning and burns. The most common preventable accidents in the home are falls, which can cause serious injuries, such as fractures, contusions, wounds and head trauma. Falls can also be fatal. By far the most unsafe area of your home is the bathroom and the most unsafe activity is getting out of the bathtub or shower.

Common household accidents that could send you to the ER are kitchen injuries, high-pressure injection injuries, ingestions and falls.

Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Cuts that need stitches are one of the most common household accidents. If you get a bad cut, you should clean it thoroughly. Doctors at the emergency room (ER) can stitch it closed to promote wound healing and prevent infection.

Other common household accidents that need ER treatment are:

  • severe burns from a pot of hot water or touching a hot stove
  • falls or head injury
  • back pain from moving a heavy item or trying to lift a box or small child

You also should go to the ER if you have severe pain in any part of the body. At the ER, you will receive pain relief, tests to diagnose your injury and education on preventing further injury.

The most common household accidents that can send you to the emergency room are falls and ingestions.

Common household accidents that could send you to the emergency room (ER) include:

  • lacerations you receive when you cut yourself cooking, break a glass or plate, or step on a nail or other sharp object while you are wearing only flip-flops
  • electricity or heat-related injuries received while doing home projects on electrical work, plumbing work and carpentry

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