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Child Safety

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

•  Injuries are the leading cause of death in children and teens.

•  Each year, nearly 9 million children aged 0 to 19 years are seen in emergency departments for injuries. More than 9,000 children die as a result of being injured.

•  Injury treatment is the leading cause of medical spending for children.

The leading causes of injury death differed by age group.

•  For children less than 1 year of age, 2/3rds of injury deaths were due to suffocation.

•  Drowning was the leading cause of injury death for those 1 to 4 years of age.

•  For children 5 to 19 years of age, the most injury-related deaths were due to being an occupant in a motor vehicle traffic crash.

Most child injures are preventable. Use the tips in this section to keep your children safe at home.


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