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January 1984

Childhood Household Safety: An Overview

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Dr Dershewitz), and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas Hospital and College of Health Sciences, Kansas City (Dr Christophersen).

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(1):85-88. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140390073022

Accidents claim more lives of children between the ages of 1 and 14 years than the next six leading causes of death combined. Every 29,000 accidents result in approximately 2,800 minor injuries, 97 major injuries, and one death.1 Each year, approximately 3,000 children younger than 14 years of age die as a result of home accidents. Fires are the leading cause of death in children, followed by suffocation and drowning (Table 1).2

Most accidental deaths of children younger than 5 years of age occur at home. After the age of 6 years, most accidents and accidental deaths occur outdoors.3 The kitchen is the most dangerous room in the home, as approximately 18% of all home injuries occur there. In descending order of frequency, the areas where the most injuries occur are the living room, bedroom, yard, and bathroom. Together, they account for 67% of all home accidents.

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