Home inspection hazards and your responsbilities

While posting this on our web site http://www.ellishomeinspections.com and thinking about which of these items I report on during our home inspections, I couldn’t help but notice a common thread…
Parents not watching our children like we should. Now we need the government to tell us about some rather evident safety hazards. I know accidents happen but, if you have children, take care of them and yourselves the way responsible adults should.

CPSC Releases the “Top Five Hidden Home Hazards”
Each year, 33.1 million people are injured by consumer products in the home. Some hazards are from products the Agency has warned about for years; others come from new products and technologies. To keep Americans informed of dangers, the CPSC has identified the Top Five Hidden Home Hazards – associated with products that people may be using everyday, but are unaware of the dangers that they can cause. These home hazards are often unseen or unnoticed by consumers.
To learn more about these and other home hazards, and to sign up for recall information, visit our Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
#1
Magnets
Since 2005:
1 Death, 86 Injuries;
8 million magnetic toys recalled.
#2
Recalled Products
Each year there about 400 recalls.
#3
Tip-overs
Average of 22 deaths per year;
31 in 2006 and an estimated 3,000 injuries.
#4
Windows & Coverings
Average of 12 deaths annually from window cords;
Average of 9 deaths and an estimated 3,700 injuries to children annually from window falls.
#5
Pool & Spa Drains
15 injuries, 2 fatalities from 2002-2004.

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  1. Also, the Citizen Information Center at http://www.nachi.org/info.htm has helpful information on safety.




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