Campaign to tackle OAP accidentsHalf a million injured at home each year

19 October 2007

 

A walking stick held in someone's hands

An initiative has been launched to tackle the ‘astonishing’ number of accidents in which older people are injured or killed at home.

Figures show that 1,330 older people have an accident at home every day - almost half a million accidents annually.

In the light of this, Age Concern and gas distribution business National Grid are launching the first 'Safer Homes Week'.

Home safety

It will highlight a range of home safety services available and provide practical advice and support to older people, their carers and friends.

The initiative focuses on the simple steps that can be taken around gas safety, including the dangers of carbon monoxide.

It also looks at energy efficiency, home security and protection from bogus callers, accidents, and gives advice on helping people stay warm and well at home.

Faulty appliances

Safer Homes Week – which runs from 22 October - is also urging people to become more vigilant over simple safety hazards.

These include faulty gas appliances and electric blankets, tangled cables at the back of the TV and ill-fitting slippers, which are believed to be the biggest cause of falls in the home.