The most common causes of injury in children are due to falls, choking, strangulation, suffocation, burns, poisoning, drowning or near drowning.
Falls are the leading cause of injury in children. The most common areas for falls in children are in the home and in playgrounds.
Examples of how falls can occur in the home:
Examples of how falls occur in playgrounds:
Choking, strangulation and suffocation are leading causes of injury-related deaths for children in Canada.
Children can be harmed by:
A child’s skin burns four times faster and deeper than an adult’s at the same temperature.
Common causes of burns include:
Half of all poison exposures happen to children under five years of age.
Common poisonous products:
Drowning is a leading cause of injury related death for children. It can happen quickly and silently in only a few centimeters of water.
Children can drown in:
All children are at risk for drowning but children under age five have a higher risk. Babies under age one are more likely to drown in the bathtub than any other place. Bath seats and bath rings are not safe.