7 things trauma surgeons refuse to have in their homes

Posted on Aug 6th, 2018

These items both inside and outside your house cause the most visits to the emergency room.

7 things trauma surgeons refuse to have in their homes

Do you know your home can be a dangerous place for kids? Health.com interviewed ER doctors about what items both inside and outside your house cause the most visits to the emergency room.


From broken bones to neck injuries, a trampoline can cause harm to children, even if it has a net around it.

Button batteries

Most commonly found in watches, button batteries are now used in gate remotes, hearing aids, toys, games and even singing birthday cards. If swallowed by a toddler, they can get stuck in the windpipe and the battery acid can permeate the wall of the oesophagus, causing serious damage.

Swimming pools

Even kids that can swim can accidentally fall into a pool and drown. It happens so fast and is such a silent killer that many trauma surgeons refuse to have a pool on their property. In South Africa, drowning is the third highest cause of accidental deaths in children under the age of five, after motor vehicle accidents and fires. The Medical Research Council says 60-90% of drownings occur in residential pools.

READ MORE: Water safety for toddlers and babies.

Power washers and extension ladders

Some children can’t resist climbing up a ladder and if they fall, they can be fatally injured. Kids also love water and hose pipes, so the combination of the two in a power washer can prove irresistible. Beware, the intense spray of water can penetrate the skin.


It’s a no-brainer, but guns that are not properly secured in a house lead to many accidental childhood deaths.

READ MORE: Toddler falls: when to be concerned.

Old pain pills

How many of us have collections of old and expired medication in our homes? ER doctors advise getting rid of all leftover pills after seeing too many kids with potentially fatal painkiller overdoses.

High chairs

Steer clear of high chairs that pull up to the table. Trauma surgeons say that they have encountered many cases of kids under one who push the table with their feet and tip their chair backwards. A fall from one metre can cause a skull fracture.

READ MORE: Your essential safety guide.

The original article appears on Health.com.

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