Prevent injuries by avoiding some common culprits

Simple everyday objects can result in cuts, bruises, and broken bones.

Published: August, 2018


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Everyday objects from pet supplies to kitchen appliances may seem innocuous, but they can cause injuries, including bone breaks, cuts, and burns. Doctors who treat these injuries often see some common themes. We asked Dr. Tamara Rozental, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, about what injuries she frequently sees from common items — and ways to stay safe.

Dog leashes

"I see many injuries from dog leashes. People often get tangled and pulled over," Dr. Rozental says. In other instances, fingers get bent, broken, or crushed when people get their hand stuck in the leash and the dog pulls.

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