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The national rate for deaths related to unintentional injuries among children ages 14 and under declined nearly 40 percent from 1987 to 2000. However, unintentional injury remains the leading cause of death among children from birth through age 14 in the United States.
Each year, nearly 120,000 children are permanently disabled by unintentional injuries. One out of every four children sustains injuries serious enough to require medical attention each year. These injuries have enormous financial, emotional and social effects not only on the child and the family, but also on the community and society as a whole.
In general, children are most at risk of unintentional injury-related death from motor vehicles, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, drowning, fire and burns, airway obstruction, unintentional firearm injuries, falls and poisoning.
The annual lifetime cost of these types of injuries among children ages birth to 14 is nearly $303.4 billion.
For more information, contact your local emergency management office.