Stay home but stay safe warn plastic surgeons: isolation is not the time for dangerous tools or beauty treatments
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is urging Australians forced to stay at home during the Covid 19 pandemic, not to use this time as an opportunity to undertake dangerous DIY jobs around the house.
Accidents around the home account for some of the most common injuries seen by specialist plastic surgeons.
“At a time when we need to ensure all hospital and medical resources are available to deal with the Covid-19 patients we urge people to take extra care around the house,” said ASPS President, Associate Professor Gazi Hussain.
“As tempting as it may be at the moment, we would ask people to refrain from unnecessary DIY jobs involving saws or other power tools.”
People also urged to be vigilant about keeping their hands safe in the kitchen when using sharp knives or handling hot pans or dishes.
Hot drinks are one of the main causes of main causes of burns particularly in children, so at a time when families are at home together for prolonged periods people must be aware when using the kettle or filling baths.
“With beauty salons closed we also know many people are purchasing professional grade hot waxing kits to use at home. These are not designed for home use and can, if not used properly, inflict serious burns.”
It is vital residents ensure their smoke alarms are working and batteries charged, particularly as people are cooking more than ever at home and as we start to enter the cooler months.
“Now is a good time to get your house in order to ensure it is safe for your family, but not at the expense of your own well-being. We want to avoid any more people than necessary presenting at Emergency Departments in the coming months,” said Associate Professor Hussain.
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