Medical professionals are exposed to some pretty strange and confronting scenes in the emergency room. While the weird ones may make for great stories, some cases are memorable for all the wrong reasons.
After seeing how dangerous they can be, doctors share the nine things they refuse to have in their own homes.
1. Ramen Noodles.
Particularly if you’ve got little (and very curious) hands around the kitchen, these can be a dangerous hazard if left unattended.
“Ramen noodles, or similar soups in styrofoam containers, get extremely hot when microwaved. It’s the most common cause of scald burns in toddlers and infants I see”, David J. Mathison, MD told Health.com. (WATCH: A no-heat recipe for a delicious sweet treat. Post continues after video.)
A common piece of backyard playing equipment, don’t let the safety net fool you.
“In my house I absolutely ban trampolines because although they are so much fun, in my opinion simply are not worth the risk,” says Dr Dasha Fielder, Family Physician at Sapphire Family Medical Practice.
3. Hot drinks.
“I have a flat rule of not allowing children near the stove or oven and never having any hot drinks near children. Burns are very common injury I saw while I worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital emergency and still see in general practice,” says Dr Fielder.
It may seem like a good idea for a rainy day activity, but one doctor won’t have them in the house.
“Beads and mosaics are another item on my black list,” says Dr Fielder.
“Once again for younger children under four years old, they are too dangerous as they can end up in the nose, ears, mouth and can result in a child having difficulty breathing or ear infections.”
5. Swimming pools.
Yes, they’re fun but you only need to listen to one news broadcast over summer to learn the danger.
“Unfortunately, every summer we see kids—even ones who can swim—accidentally fall into a pool and drown,” Dara Kass, MD, assistant professor in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center told Health.com.
“For me, it is the fact that drowning occurs so fast, and often silently, that prevents me from ever wanting one at my house. All three of my children are swimmers, and we take them to pools, but I know that where I live I have left that risk behind.”
6. Button batteries.
"Small batteries are definitely dangerous around small children as their ingestion can be lethal. Open electricity sockets also pose a risk - they need to be baby-proofed. I also always ensure that bathrooms don't have appliances plugged in regularly," says Dr Kevin Cheng, Medibank’s Medical Director.
7. Leftover medication.
It can be so easy to leave a half-finished packet in the cupboard and forget about how long it's been there.
"People hang onto leftover pills, especially narcotic painkillers because they’re getting harder to get scripts for. But you should always get rid of leftover medication," Ferdinando Mirarchi, MD told Health.com.
"We’ve had more kids coming in with overdoses from hydrocodone and oxycodone pain drugs [found in Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin]. Just one extended-release pill can kill a child."
8. Free-standing cupboards.
When you've got little children around, they can pose a serious hazard if they fall.
"I always ensure that large cupboards are fixed to walls," says Dr Cheng.
9. Throw rugs.
Particularly as you get older, incidents involving throw rugs often account for some of the most deadly visits to hospital.
"Throw rugs can actually be worse than stairs in terms of danger. People are more likely to be cautious going up and down stairs, and there's a hand rail," Dr Kaycee Sink, associate professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina told LiveScience.
"With a throw rug, you're walking quickly to get the phone, or you're up at night to go to the bathroom in the dark and whoops, you've caught your toe on the corner and you go down."
What items do you ban from your house because you think they're too dangerous?