Disability and home hazards and safety practices in US households.

Journal Article

Individuals with disabilities have an elevated risk of residential injury. However, the prevalence of home hazards and safety practices among households where an individual with a disability resides is unknown.This study examined patterns of home hazards and safety practices among 1003 households across the United States in 2002.Households with at least 1 resident with a disability had a lower prevalence of household hazards than those without a resident with a disability, including living in a 2-story dwelling (34.6% vs 50.7%) and having stairs inside the home (48.1% vs 58.4%). They were more likely to implement fall prevention strategies, such as handrails or grab bars in the bathroom (40.4% vs 21.8%) and mats or nonskid strips in the tub or shower (71.7% vs 61.5%).There is room for improvement in safety practices among households where an individual with a disability resides.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vladutiu, CJ; Casteel, C; Marshall, SW; McGee, KS; Runyan, CW; Coyne-Beasley, T

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 49 - 54

PubMed ID

  • 22226298

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22226298

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1876-7583

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1936-6574

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.dhjo.2011.10.003

Language

  • eng