Think the kitchen, with its sharp utensils and hot stove, cause the most household injuries? Wrong. It’s the bathroom, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2008, nearly 22 million Americans age 15 and older were injured in the bathroom, with nearly 235,000 treated in emergency rooms.
Unfortunately, the bathroom was especially treacherous for Americans age 65 and older — they had the highest injury rate.
Falls were the cause of 80 percent of all bathroom accidents, causing serious injuries like hip fractures. Older Americans had the highest fracture rates and were hospitalized most often.
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