Consumer Reports: Buy a gun. Shoot your ladders.

By » Wed, February 13 2013
1210259128 ladders 450x636 Consumer Reports: Buy a gun. Shoot your ladders.

Also, step stools will fuck you up. (img Stan’s Safety Posters)

Consumer Reports took a look at a recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine which shows that accidental gun injuries are down, but other in-home injuries are on the rise.

The study… looked at data from 2000 to 2008. More than 30,000 people die from accidents in the home each year, the study found. The three leading causes of accidental deaths were poisonings (43 percent), falls (34 percent), and fire or burn injuries (9 percent). Firearm mishaps accounted for just 1 percent of all accidental deaths in the home.

Poisoning, mostly from unintentional drug overdoses, and falls were the most common causes among adults. Suffocation and drowning were the deadliest accidents for children.

The good news is that accidents at home are highly predictable and preventable. The researchers point to key safety interventions you can implement in your home, such as limiting access to prescription medications, supervising children, and having smoke alarms that work.

So there you have it. Buy a gun and shoot the shit out of your ladders, then take all your old pills, pack ‘em up with Tannerite, and send ‘em to hell in a kick-ass explosion.

But I’m curious: if you shoot a steel ladder with the wrong kind of ammo, and you get cut by a ricochet, does that count as a gun or a ladder injury?

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  1. Paracelse February 15 2013 @ 3:27am

    Get your neighbor to shoot the ladder and wait for the statistics.

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