The 20 Most Dangerous Household Hazards

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You’d think that things like knives and ladders would top the list of dangerous household objects, but they’re outranked by seemingly harmless items like tables and chairs. (Did you know, for instance, that each year thousands of children are injured falling out of bunk beds?)


The following is a list of the objects, activities, or backyard games that most often cause accidental injury, as reported by hospital emergency rooms. Note these potentially hazardous items or activities. Approach each with caution.

•  Stairs.

•  Floors or flooring materials. Basketball.

•  Bicycles.

•  Knives.

•  Baseball.

•  Football.

•  Beds.

•  Doors.

•  Tables.

•  Chairs.

•  Ceiling and walls.

•  Household cabinets, racks, and shelves. Nails, screws, tacks, or bolts. Household containers and packaging. Skating.

•  Windows.

•  Bathtubs and showers.

•  Soccer.

•  Ladders.

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