Risk of home injuries rises amid pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, families are spending much more time inside their homes. And according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, that means an increased risk of injuries from common household hazards.

Joe Martyak, the director of communications for CPSC, recently told The Associated Press that it is "important for each family to make their homes safer so they limit the potential for illness or injuries that are not related to COVID-19."

Martyak explained, "We don't want to have your family be injured and end up going to the emergency room, especially now when the emergency rooms are overwhelmed with dealing with the coronavirus."

While parents ‘telework’ and home school their kids, Martyak told The AP it is easy to become preoccupied and forget about dangerous situations.

"A lot of times, for example, you have the new flatscreen TV and you put the old TV in the children's room," Martyak said.

"So you send them off to watch TV. That's a problem because they're not being supervised and they can climb on the furniture, and that older TV is a heavier TV and it's more likely to tip over and the weight of it can really crush a little child."

The CPSC has different COVID-19 checklists on their website that offer great reminders for families who look after people from a variety of ages.

The Associated Press contributed to the content and copy of this article.

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