Emergency room physicians see all kinds of gruesome things, which made us think: What products do they consider so dangerous that they refuse to have around the house or in the backyard? Here are the everyday items that scare these docs the most.
Make no mistake- trampolines are fun! Many kids have had great, long afternoons jumping willy-nilly on a trampoline. A lot can go wrong on a trampoline, however- from muscle, neck, and back issues to other dangerous issues that include injuries like sprains and breaks.
Some trampolines have nets, but that should not reassure parents from the other dangers that trampolines provide!
Button batteries can get stuck in the esophagus. This is especially dangerous for young children who love little shiny things to chew on. They’re not the only little things that can get stuck- Coins can get stuck, for example, but often pass on their own. The real danger in the button battery is what’s inside- when a button battery gets stuck, the battery acid can eat through the wall of the esophagus, causing lifelong disability!
Make sure to keep these away from your children, or better yet- only buy them and replace them when you have to!
There are roughly 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. 20% of those deaths daily are children aged 1-4. Drowning occurs very quickly and very quietly- sometimes a parent can look away only for a second only to have disaster strike.
Having that risk where you live just isn’t worth it- the fun of a hundred afternoons in the sun could be ruined by one fatal moment!
Power washers and extension ladders
Need to get up high on the roof? Cleaning out gutters? Hire a pro and don’t even keep the extension ladder in the house so you can avoid the temptation of doing it yourself. Power washers can often lead to penetrating injuries or lacerations from the intense water pressure, and it’s extremely difficult to use them correctly. Add together the difficulty of using one and the high potential for danger and you’ve got an ER trip or worse in your future!
Again- Hire a pro. Don’t try to do this one on your own!
Ramen noodle soups
This one may be not be obvious, but any food container that is held by Styrofoam can get VERY hot when they are microwaved, as many a late-night college student has discovered. A ton of burn cases in infants and toddlers occur when parents forget to ensure these containers are far away from a toddler’s grasp- and that’s not even getting into how un-nutritious they are. Better leave these at the supermarket!
Old pain pills
Get rid of the pain pills! Too many people keep their leftover pain pills considering how difficult and annoying they are to get the next time they are needed. Overdoses from hydrocodone and oxycodone have been on the rise for the last six years. Easy access equals higher propensity for abuse.
High chairs that pull up to the table
Over 50% of all ER visits for children under 1 are from falls. High chairs that pull up to tables can slip their grip very easily and fall. Falls three feet and higher can fracture the skulls of infants and toddlers.
It’s easy to be aware of danger around us when it’s obvious danger. Many of the items above, however, are items that you wouldn’t normally consider to be dangerous in the house. ER doctors see them all the time, however, and they’re the ones that know which common household items are really just injuries waiting to happen!