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October 10, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(2):177. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110150125037

Accidents the home resulted in 28,500 deaths; in 1965. Each year about 25 million home accidents cause injuries requiring medical attention or restriction of the victim's activity for one or more days. Accidents in man's traditional haven, his home, are common in all cultures, although the types and circumstances vary according to environmental conditions and social customs. The age, health, and behavior of those who dwell in a particular home also are related to the accidents that occur there. Although many physical factors, such as power tools, inadequate lighting, glass doors, abandoned refrigerators, backyard swimming pools, are implicated in home accidents, their significance is overshadowed by the toll in lives and property taken by falls and fires. The home accident problem centers about these two broad categories which together account for 60% of all fatal home accidents and 40% of the total injuries.

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