More than 600,000 of the 900,000 accidents that happen in Finland every year take place in the home and in leisure activities. The most common accidents are slipping, tripping and falling. More than 2,000 lives are lost in the home, which is more than five times the number of road deaths.
Fortunately, accidents do not depend on luck. Accidents can be prevented by foreseeing the risks and improving safety at home by various means and protective equipment. Half of those who have been injured in accidents feel that the accident could have been easily avoided.
The Finnish home accident prevention campaign is supported by authorities and organisations who are working to achieve a situation where Finns would not top the accident list in Europe. The campaign has been improving Finns’ leisure time safety since 1993, producing safety material to both the public at large and professionals involved in accident prevention. As of 2015 the campaign was granted a project funding from Finland’s Slot Machine Association. Finnish Red Cross coordinates the campaign.
There’s safety in numbers – also in accident prevention, at all levels. For example, a fire inspector may notice that an elderly person needs aid equipment in the home, or a home helper may check the functioning of a smoke detector. In this setting, the home accident prevention campaign encourages cooperation between those who work or volunteer for safety promotion in the field.
The Finnish Red Cross
Saara Aakko, Planning Officer
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Federation of Finnish Financial Services
Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention
National Institute for Health And Welfare
Ministry of the Interior
Ministry of Social Affairs And Health
SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health
The Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving Federation
The National Defence Training Association of Finland