Below is a summary of the leading cause of fatal personal injuries in children ranging in age from less than one-year-old to 19-years-old:
– From 2000-2006, the leading cause of death for children were personal injuries due to transportation. Although a substantial amount of deaths involved pedestrian or bicyclist accidents, the highest rates were among occupants of motor vehicles in traffic.
– For children less than one-year-old, 2/3 of death caused by personal injuries were due to suffocation.
– For children aged 1 to 4-years-old, drowning was the leading cause of personal injury-related death.
– For children aged 5 to 19-years-old, the most personal injury-related deaths were due to being an occupant in a motor vehicle crash.
(Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Also, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, an average of 12,175 children between the ages of birth to 19-years-old are killed annually in the U.S. from unintentional injury. Gary Hamner, a public education officer, said many of the childhood fatalities caused by unintentional injury are preventable, especially if people become more aware of traffic safety. Outside the home, fatal childhood personal injuries can be avoided by keeping children in seat belts or age- and weight-appropriate child safety seats. Inside the home, Hamner stresses that preparing for a fire emergency is critical. Homes should always have smoke detectors, the devices save lives. The batteries in smoke detectors should be checked once a month and replaced twice a year. Also, parents and guardians should have and teach their children an emergency exit plan should a fire occur. Children should know exactly what to do when a smoke detector signals; they need to know the fastest and best way to get out of every room in the home and a safe meeting place once no longer in the home. To read more see Avoid fatal childhood personal injuries, simple tips on prevention.