Thursday, June 09, 2011

Bathroom Dangers

You've probably heard the rumor that bathrooms are the most dangerous room in the house. How dangerous are they? Inquiring minds want to know.

According to a CDC survey of emergency room visits, 234,094 people aged 15 or older were injured (unintentionally and nonfatally) in a bathroom in 2008--or just 1 percent of the 22 million injuries that year. Sixty-four percent of the injured were female, 63 percent were aged 45 or older, 81 percent were injured because of a fall, and 68 percent were hurt in the bathtub or shower. Only 23 percent were injured while on the toilet.

Source: CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries among Persons Aged ≥ 15 Years--United States 2008

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