National Geographic : 1932 Nov
The 'Accident" Are there unsuspected or unheeded dangers in your home ? Brooms, pails, boxes, toys or other objects placed where someone might trip over them? Unlighted stairways? Rickety steps, loose banisters or hand-rails? Unsecured rugs, slippery or high ly polished floors? Wabbly ladders? Leaky connections in gas heater, range, furnace or lighting fixture? Defective electric wiring or appli ances? Matcheswithin reach of children? Unlabeled poisons ? rm mv Alibi /T was an accident" is a poor alibi for injuries which could have been prevented. Ask yourself what caused the latest injury to one of your own family or to a friend. Was it a true accident which could not have been prevented or was it the result of carelessness? Most accidents are of the preventable kind. Could any member of your family suffer a serious injury in your home because of hazards you have not removed? Could you walk safely in any part of the house, day or night, without fear of falling over some temporary or permanent obstruction ? Last year in the United States there were almost as many deaths from accidents in homes as there were from automobile ac cidents. Many cripplings which happened in homes could have been averted. Scaldings from boiling liquids, burnings from fire and hot surfaces, could have been prevented by greater thoughtfulness. Most of the injuries from sharp tools and in struments could have been prevented by carefulness. Investigating gas or gasoline leaks with a lighted match is a direct invi tation to a disastrous explosion. There were about 17,000 fatal injuries in industry last year in the United States and 29,000 in homes. Well managed industries have learned how to reduce the number of accidents during working hours through regular inspection and protective measures. Why not inspect and protect your own home? Look around now-carefully-to see what can be done to make your home safer. Send for and use the Metropolitan"Home Inspection Chart" which lists many of the places where dangers may lurk in your home. Your copy of the Chart and also a booklet, "AccidentPrevention in theHome"will be Smiled free. AddressBookletDept. 1 32-N. METROPOLITAN LIFE IN FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT . .* SURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. S 1932 M. L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."