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The new hidden danger in your home: the computer

danger computer at work Home computer related injuries rise sevenfold; children most at risk

A recent study in America found that injuries in the home due to computers are rife, with children most at risk of injury, usually by tripping over cables or being hit by falling monitors.

Here in the UK there is a similar tale to tell, as injuries due to computers has risen from nearly 800 in 1995 to over 2,000 in 2002, the last year for which figures are available.

A third of UK incidents involved children under the age of 15.

If you have computer equipment in your home, here is some advice to prevent accidents:

  • Switch the computer off when not in use, and unplug from the mains wherever possible
  • Keep food and especially drinks away from computers (or any other electrical equipment)
  • Use cable tidies to tie up long cables
  • Keep cables out of the way of people‚Äôs walking areas
  • Make sure all equipment is secure, especially monitors which tend to be placed higher up

This article was published on Fri 12 June 2009

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