|Okay, you can't REALLY look inside. Not here at least! Hmmm. But Dr. G looks inside, doesn't she?|
Since we mystery authors specialize in killing off people, this seemed a bit out of place! But I zipped through most of the book last night, and I thought I'd share a few key points with all of you.
1. Your home can be deadly. "Believe it or not, more than fifteen thousand people suffer fatal accidents at home each year in America, and the greatest proportion of those die from falls," writes Dr. G. That reminds me of an author friend whose husband fell off a ladder while at home alone performing some household chore. She called him. He didn't answer. By the time she arrived at their house, he had died. The moral of the story? You might want to wait to change that lightbulb until you have a friend or spouse with you.
2. Clutter (and your pets) can kill and maim. A portion of those falls happen when people trip over strays (fur-covered variety) and stray belongings. One "home alone" victim fell on an uneven rug. She landed onto the pointed handle of a hairbrush she was holding. Dr. G's autopsy showed that the handle went right through her eye and into her brain. A friend of mine tripped over a pet, landed on the cutlery basket in her open dishwasher, and cut herself badly on a protruding knife blade. Ugh.
3. Driving with the window rolled half-down can be hazardous. Dr. G writes that "windows rolled halfway down can cause the most traumatic injuries if you get partially thrown from your car." She also notes that one of her victims was distracted when a bee flew into his truck.