National Geographic : 1943 Nov
How a home-front army suffers heavy casualties LAST YEAR, twice as many Americans lost their lives in accidents within their own homes as were reported killed in battle in the first 18 months of this war! In the same year, well over three quarters of a million workers were temporarily disabled by accidents in their homes. The working time lost by this huge Home-Front army was enough to operate more than 50 war plants, each employing 1000 people, for an en tire year. Most home accidents need not happen. Today, especially, it is your responsibility and that of your family to help reduce them. The practice of the three basic safety princi ples outlined below would eliminate most home accidents. Remove danger points. Keep stairs, including rail ings, in repair and well-lighted.., a greater num ber of serious accidents occur on stairs than in any room. It is sometimes wise to put guards on windows so children won't fall. Have electrical equipment, irons, heaters, toast ers, etc., inspected and repaired. Replace frayed cords and loose plugs. Watch out for leaks in gas appliances and pipes. Clean chimney flues and heating equipment regularly. Practice good housekeeping. Stairs and landings should be kept free of brooms, toys, boxes, and other objects which might cause falls. Scatter rugs should be securely anchored. Tie back kitchen curtains so they won't catch fire. Knives and sharp instruments should be kept in a safe place when not in use... handles of pots and pans on the stove should be turned in to avoid tipping. Keep furniture and other objects out of the way so you won't trip or stumble over them. Develop careful habits. Use a stepladder, or a straight, strong chair-not the nearest rocker or box-when reaching to high places. Careful householders will disconnect electric appliances like irons and curlers before leaving the room. They will never leave a hearth fire, whether gas, wood, or coal, unguarded. Close cupboard doors and bureau drawers promptly to avoid collision. Get rid of broken glass or other sharp refuse as quickly as possible. Hands should be dry when touching any elec trical switch or apparatus. Make a tour of your home this very day Check for yourself, and urge your family, espe cially the children, to see that these three basic safety principles are consistently carried out. Don't give an accident a chance to happen! On request, Metropolitan will send you a free folder, 113-N, entitled, "Home Defense Against Accidents." COPYRIGHT 1943-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. >Sth ANAIVERSARYd^18d8-I9l3 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT O 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y.