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Falls--Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

Nov 30, 2008
Infants are more likely to fall from furniture, baby walkers, and stairs. Toddlers tend to fall from windows.

The following statistics are the latest available from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.

Injury and death rates

Picture of a young girl on a swing

  • It is estimated that more than 2.2 million children ages 14 and under are treated annually at hospital emergency rooms for fall-related injuries.

  • Reports show falls kill about 100 children ages 14 and under every year.

  • More than half of fall-related injuries among children occur among ages 4 and under.

  • About 12 children ages 10 and under die annually falling from windows. Another 4,000 children ages 10 and under require treatment each year for window fall-related injuries.

Where and when:

  • Infants are more likely to fall from furniture, baby walkers, and stairs.

  • Toddlers tend to fall from windows and playground equipment.

  • Older children fall more often from playground equipment.

Who:

  • Children who fall from windows are likely to be male, under age 5, and unsupervised at the time of the fall.

  • Boys are twice as likely to die from fall-related injuries than girls.

Playgrounds:

  • Each year, nearly 200,000 children, ages 14 and under, require emergency room treatment due to playground falls.

  • The most severe playground-related injuries are due to falls.

  • More than half of all playground-related injuries occur in children ages 5 to 9.

  • Children ages 4 and under tend to suffer injuries to the face and head from playground-related injuries, while older children are more likely to injure arms or hands.

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