Falls

Falls hurt more children ages 14 and under than any other unintentional injury. In fact, each year, more than 2.3 million fall-related injuries in children are reported. Children most often fall from the following:

  • Baby walkers

  • Furniture

  • Playground equipment

  • Shopping carts

  • Stairs

  • Windows

The severity of injuries sustained in a fall depends on the height of the fall and the landing surface. Most serious or fatal falls involve head injuries.

Proper safety measures in the home can help prevent certain types of falls, including those involving baby walkers and stairs. Installing window guards and/or moving furniture away from windows may prevent some falls. In addition, making sure the surface underneath playground equipment is a loose-fill surfacing or special playground surfacing can help minimize injuries in a fall.

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