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Safe At Home: Where Are We Now?

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02/01/2010 - Statistics show that more people are seriously injured at home than at work. And whether you have health insurance or not, the costs are staggering. Pain, recovery, lifestyle changes, time needed for rehabilitation services, co-pays, deductibles, lost wages due to time lost from work, medications, additional financial pressures, increased family stress not to mention the more than $38 billion (yes, with a "b") annual costs to employers for employees or dependents that lose work from home-related injuries it doesn't take long to realize the magnitude of the problem. And that is if you actually survive the injury!

As we enter a new year, the age-old saying that, "Time flies," becomes much too real. It is hard to believe that I have been writing this column for 2-1/2 years. As you know, I am passionate about personal safety and I have 30 years of experience in the safety profession. Also, with more than 20 years as an emergency response provider and instructor, I have witnessed and responded to needless pain and life-altering injuries from hidden and common household hazards.

I have focused the last few years on wanting to help people learn more about hazards in and around the home so some of these needless injuries can be avoided. This column is a direct result of that desire and focus. And now I am asking you for help.

A number of people have told me they read my column every time it comes out. Some have been kind enough to say they even enjoy it. I now can't help but wonder how many of these articles throughout the last two and a half years actually helped anyone remain safe in the home. Or whether there is a specific topic on home safety that I have not yet written that people would like to read. Or, maybe people just think I need to give up and not waste the space.

I'd like you to take a minute and shoot me an email at safetypro@roadrunner.com or directly to the 'Our Town' staff. I know for some that is asking a lot. But I'd like to hear from you and, if appropriate, your stories of how this column may have helped you become more aware of hazards around the house or made you think about doing something safer either for you directly or to set a good example for your children.

I don't imagine we'll overload my email account, so don't let that stop you from writing. I will respond to your email though I will not place you on any mailing list so I won't spam you. And should someone think I need to just let the column die, well, at least I'll know you read it.

So, my next article will be back in the "Safe At Home" format. But today, as we start another year, let me know how or whether this column can help you or has helped you. Have a happy and safe new year and, keep on reading!

Randy DeVaul is an internationally published writer/author and safety consultant. He is the creator of 'Safe At Home' (www.safeathomeonline.com). Comments always welcome at safetypro@roadrunner.com.

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