Top 10 Serious Accidents in the Home

Fatal accidents within the home are a leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that many of these accidents that occur in the domicile can be prevented by taking extra precautions. Regular checks of safety equipment as well as maintaining appliances and structures around the house can greatly reduce the risk of such accidents.

Home accidents occur more frequently than automobile accidents.


Falls account for more than a third of all fatal injuries. Take steps to prevent such accidents around your house by eliminating obstacles and hazards that increase the risks of tripping, skidding, or stumbling.


Poisoning deaths despite all the precautions we take still total to millions per year. Many of the victims are under 6 years of age. Poisoning deaths can be avoided in many cases by limiting the access of young children to medications and household chemicals (cleaners and detergents). Make sure you know the number to your local poison control center in case of an emergency.


Fires cause both smoke inhalation and flame related deaths. Avoid keeping flammable items near open flames and give plenty of space to electronic equipment to cool down. Never leave the stove unattended and avoid overloading electrical circuits to decrease fire hazard risks in your home. Make sure your smoke detector works so you can be alerted to the first signs of danger.

Suffocation and Choking

Choking on food only accounts for a third of these deaths. Young children are susceptible to choking or suffocating on a variety of small or common household objects. Take precautions to baby proof your home such accidents.


It only takes a couple inches of water for drowning to occur. Youngsters are most susceptible to these accidents, so never leave a child around standing water, pools or tubs. Adults should also avoid falling asleep while taking a bath.

Remaining Causes of Fatal Accidents Within the Home

Firearm deaths are substantial but typically classified as homicides or suicides even if an accident within the home. The discharge of a firearm within the home causes of hundreds of deaths annually that could be prevented with proper fire arm safety.

Unintentional cuts and piercings can cause death within the home but their statistics are tied to homicides and suicides. Keep sharp objects out of the way of young children or stored appropriately.

Gas leaks of carbon monoxide or natural gas can be sneaky and deadly within the home. Exposure to radon over time can cause cancer. These dangers could be avoided by proper testing or the use of specialized detectors.

Being struck by an object is included by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a leading cause of accidental death. Avoid having unstable objects, furniture or other heavy items in areas where they may fall and injure someone (especially a child).

Electrocution is rare but kills on average a few hundred people per year in the home. Avoid using electronic equipment and water during a storm. In 2001, 19 percent of electrocution deaths occurred from the use of large appliances, according to Wrong Diagnosis.

Angie Beckert

Angie Beckert has been a freelance writer since 2009 for Web sites such as eHow and Answerbag. She has an extensive background in humanities, literature, religion, social science, business and politics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Virginia.