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It keeps arriving with great frequency in recent years increasingly detailed official reports in terms of numbers and data related to the problem of accidents in the home environment. The issue, touching relevantly the Public Health, has become of primary importance not only at national but European and international level.

For this reason, the bodies responsible for inspection and possible solution to the problem are moving decisively in order to collect data, and evaluate strategies to raise public awareness in this regard. To summarize in a few short lines the magnitude of the problem we quote a passage from the website of the Ministero della Salute for the project for the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia:

"Domestic accidents are a public health problem of great importance. Several European countries and non-European countries have already started for some years prevention and safety policies in order to reduce the extent of this phenomenon. The European Community has begun a program for the surveillance and the monitoring of these events, through the monitoring of accidents that access to Emergency facilities (ELHASS), which was followed subsequently by the establishment of a European data network integrated into telematics Euphin. The Italian network of European surveillance of accidents has been supplemented by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in the National Information System on Domestic Incidents (SINIACA)."


There is a whole section on the website of the Ministero della Salute devoted to the problem of domestic accidents and how to prevent them (see 1), and similarly a relevant page on this topic is available on the official website of the Vigili del Fuoco (see 2), showing how this issue is felt. We are talking about impressive figures :

"In Italy, according to the ISTAT Survey on families named "Aspects of daily life, the year 2011", accidents in the home involved, in the three months preceding the interview, 712,000 people, equivalent to about 12 per thousand of the population. Women were involved in 68% of cases (482,000 ). On this basis it is estimated that over 12 months, the phenomenon has involved more than 2 million 800 thousand people (see 3).”

Objectively, a problem of vast proportions, that really touches us closely. And even more so if we consider that, again according to recent studies, the bathroom is the room in your home where you most likely have accidents, falls , wounds, traumas and injuries. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, in the United States explains that each year, approximately 10 % of adults end up in the Emergency Room for a fall occurred in the bathroom, and this share should be 14% even hold in hospital (see 4). The situations most at risk of injury and incidence compared to age/sex of the people involved are well represented visually in the illustration (see photo).

A though of great intelligence is reported from the site Superabile (ed. INAIL) on the management of our own personal relationship with the bathroom .

"Among the various rooms of the house, it is especially in the use of the bathroom that a person wants to be completely independent, because personal hygiene is the situation in which we accept with greater difficulty the help of others, even if it is offered in a polite and discreet way. Often , however, because of the many movements that must be carried out from a sanitaryware to another, the bathroom is the room that has the greatest obstacles to achieving self-sufficiency by people with mobility impairments (see 5).”

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