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Child Safety Statistics

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 Child Safety Statistics

  • A child goes missing or is abducted in North America every forty seconds
  • 99% of children who are abducted return home
  • Approximately 4 out of 5 child abductions are “family” abductions, which means a family member tried to take custody of a child in another family member’s care
  • More than half of all “non-family” child abductions are committed by a person known to the child
  • Children who don’t wear protective equipment are at greater risk for sports-related injuries
  • Children who play one sport year round are more likely to have over-use injuries than those who play a variety of sports
  • Falls are the number one cause of injury among children
  • In the U.S. each year, more than 200,000 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment
  • Almost 40,000 Canadian children and youth are seen in hospital emergency rooms each year due to home injuries caused by fires, falls, poisoning, choking, suffocation, and drowning
  • Falls account for almost three-quarters of all playground injuries, and usually involve climbers, swings, or slides
  • Swings are involved in about half of all home playground injuries
  • Pre-school aged children (1-4 years) are more likely to get hurt at home than older children
  • 5 to 9 year olds are the age group most frequently injured on playgrounds
  • The temperature inside a parked car can get hotter than 50 degrees C (122 degrees F) within 10 to 20 minutes on a typical sunny summer day
  • Young children (especially infants) are three to five times more sensitive to heat than adults
  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children under the age of 15