Preventing Childhood Injuries
According to the National Safety Council, the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and four is unintentional injury, with almost 4,000 fatalities a year. More than 4.5 million American children are injured every year.
Leading causes of unintentional childhood injury and death in Florida include falls, drowning, burns and poisoning.
The following document outlines steps parents and caregivers can take to help prevent childhood injuries. Childproofing is an on-going task that increases the amount of time it takes for children to get into dangerous situations, but it is no substitute for adult supervision. Adult supervision is the most effective strategy for preventing childhood injuries.