- The Compensation Experts polled 2,000 Brits to reveal the UK areas that are experiencing the most injuries in the home.
- Manchester has been revealed as the most accident-prone city in the UK.
- The kitchen is the most dangerous area in the home, followed by the garden and living room.
- Kitchen knives, followed by the hob provide the biggest chance of injury in the home.
When we think of our home, our first thoughts are usually centered around safety, warmth, and security, a personal safe space where we can relax and unwind from the stresses of life. Rarely, if ever, do we consider how we might potentially injure ourselves during daily activities around the house.
But with a +100% increase in searches for ‘how to prevent accidents at home’1, and many of us spending more time at home over the past 24 months, it might not surprise you that the home is the most common place for an accident to occur2. With the average adult in the UK injuring themselves at least twice whilst at home in the past year.
To reveal the areas that Brits see the most accidents around the home, The Compensation Experts polled 2,000 Brits* to find out the UK areas that are experiencing the most injuries in the home and what areas of the home see the most injuries.
Manchester is the most accident-prone city in the UK
At the top of the list for the most accident-prone cities is Manchester, with 81.7% of homeowners having suffered an accident around their home. This is closely followed by Norwich which saw 76.8% of residents admitting to at-home injuries. Other top cities include Bristol (73.9%), Newcastle (72.1%), and Glasgow (71.2%) having suffered an injury at home.
The top five most accident-prone cities are as follows:
|Rank||City||Number who have suffered multiple injuries|
Moreover, the poll reveals that the kitchen is the most accident-heavy room in the house. Whilst everyone knows to be careful when cooking, the use of knives, boiling water, and hot ovens make accidents almost inevitable. As a result, 46.1% of all injuries happen in the kitchen. With kitchen knives making up for 19.4% of all injuries in the home, whilst hobs contribute to a further 9.6% of all injuries.
Following closely behind the Kitchen is the garden with 35.6% of accidents occurring here. With the numerous tools and gadgets, it shouldn’t come as a huge shock that many people end up suffering some form of gardening injury.
However, 17.8% of personal injuries occur in the living room. You might be wondering how someone could injure themselves whilst sitting on the sofa, but furniture-related injuries seem to be far more common than we might think.
Tips to avoid accidents in the home
There are very simple ways to prevent injuries in the home and to make it a safer place. The Compensation Experts share five ways to make your home safer for you and your loved ones:
- Store utensils and tools out of reach
Be sure to keep all safety covers on tools and kitchen utensils. Also, store them in a safe place and out of the reach of children.
- Clean up spills immediately
If you spill any kind of liquid make sure you clean it up as soon as possible to avoid any falls by you or anyone else for that matter.
- Fix baby gates
A baby gate is an efficient way to stop children from getting into a room on their own. A baby gate will allow you to rest easy, knowing that your child is safe.
- Keep your home well lit
One of the best ways to keep accidents at bay is to improve your vision. Keep your home well-lit especially any stairways.
- Reduce clutter
Keep your floors clean and clutter free, as the more items on the floor the higher chance of tripping.
Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson at The Compensation Experts, says: “With more accidents happening in the home each year, it’s more important than ever before to ensure you’re covered should the worst happen. We hope that our study that highlights the dangers and hazards in the home helps you to take extra care.”
For more information on the study please visit https://the-compensation-experts.co.uk/news/most-dangerous-areas-of-the-home/