Preventing Home Accidents
A Quick and Easy Guide
by Dan Hannan CSP
Contrary to the perception that the home is a safe environment, a person is ten times more likely to sustain a serious injury or die at home as a result of an accident than in the course of their employment. This book will help homeowners combat those odds by providing information adapted from proven techniques used by safety professionals. Filled with ancedotal descriptions and examples, the book offers much more than "safety tips" as it educates the homeowner in how to control risk through hazard identification.
Information is concisely organized, uniformly formatted, and supported by high quality images. Chapter topics include fall hazards (roofs, ladders, stairs, etc.), electrical safety, fire prevention, hand and power tool safety, emergency planning, and others. Added value can be found in the self-inspection forms or "cheat-sheets" located at the end of each chapter that the reader can copy to complete their own home safety audit.
A collection of simple usable safety techniques directed specifically to homeowners like this does not currently exist. The target audience is the general public with sales offered through book retail stores, building material suppliers (i.e. Home Depot) and possibly homeowner insurance companies. Chapter sponsorship opportunities are being pursued through featured products, i.e. "This chapter on ladder safety brought to you by Werner Ladders,” “This chapter on power tool safety brought to you by DeWalt," etc., and supporting product imagery for these chapters would feature those manufacturers’ products.
There is a statistical gap between what we think we know and what we actually know about home safety. Home safety accidents disable more than 12 million people in the home every year and are the fifth leading cause of death. Forty-five percent of all unintentional deaths occur in and around the home environment, claiming the lives of children, aging parents, spouses, partners, and friends making the home environment one of the most hazardous environments we inhabit. But how can we expect to protect ourselves and the ones we love if we aren't even aware there is a problem?
Hannan says 75% of all unintentional injuries and deaths in the home hinge on our behavior, more specifically, on the decisions we make. And the first and most important home safety decision we should make is to improve our hazard recognition skills and become more safety conscious.
Homeowner's can't rely on product recalls or state and federal agencies to keep them and their loved ones safe in the home. Unlike other safety campaigns seen in our communities, the policing and protection of our home environment depends entirely on the homeowner. This book offers simple techniques to raise home-safety awareness and improve our abilities to recognize hazards, correct hazards and prevent unintentional accidents from occurring in the home.
Each chapter of has high quality images to illustrate safety procedures; identifies problems and hazards in the home; recommends safety practices to assist homeowners in identifying hazards; gives action items for proactive prevention of accidents; has a safety inspection checklist allowing homeowners to be thorough and organized in their approach to home safety; and lists a reference section providing links and other resources for additional related safety information.
REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
Foreword’s Book of the Year 2011 Award Winner – Gold award in Home & Garden
"The book is an interactive and an informational guide for learning how to identify and correct hazards in the home, complete with reviewing checklists, instructional exercises, and valuable website resources..."
- Bob Vila, This Old House, Bob Vila's Home Design
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword (by Bob Vila)
Chapter 1: Safety—A Family Affair
Chapter 2: Know Your Castle
Chapter 3: Safety Basics
Chapter 4: Fall Hazards
Chapter 5: Electrical Hazards
Chapter 6: Chemical Hazards
Chapter 7: Fire Prevention and Preparedness
Chapter 8: Hand and Power Tools
Chapter 9: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Chapter 10: The Weekend Warrior—Body Mechanics and Lifting Techniques
Chapter 11: Emergency Planning
Chapter 12: Indoor Air Quality Exposures—Carbon Monoxide, Lead, Asbestos, Mercury, Mold, Radon
Chapter 13: Working in the Yard
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011 December
SIZE: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
ILLUSTRATIONS: Color photos & illustrations throughout
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Hannan, CSP, has been a safety, health and environmental professional for more than twenty years. He has been an educator and trainer on safety issues for the entirety of his professional career and has developed training tools and online computer learning coursework. Dan is also a certified OSHA instructor as well as Hazardous Material Manager, and routinely trains construction and general industry workforces in classroom, seminar and webcast settings. Dan has presented to such national organizations as the Associated General Contractors of America, National Association of Medical Examiners and the Academy of Hazardous Material Managers and is currently offering construction safety training courses for the University of Minnesota under Federal grant. Dan has also authored several articles in national trade publications such as American Society of Training and Development, Chief Learning Officer, American Society of Safety Engineers, and Environmental Health and Safety Today. Dan Hannan lives in Roberts, Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters.