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“About 146,571 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015, according to Injury Facts 2017.”
The good news: with the proper safety precautions and awareness of the hazards, these types of deaths and injuries are preventable.
The National Safety Council (NSC) publishes the annual statistical compendium on unintentional injuries and deaths. Injury Facts 2017 Edition is the go-to source for injury an death statistics.
Our knowledgeable staff is available at (877) 284-6600.
Poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional-injury-related deaths. Poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls from people every year looking for medical assistance. Poisoning typically happens accidentally, sometimes intentionally, and may be caused from taking too much of a drug or the wrong one, ingesting chemicals or being exposed to gases or chemicals.
Prescription drugs top the list when it comes to poisoning-related injuries and deaths, specifically opioid pain medications. Other poisons include things such as:
Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of unintentional-injury-related deaths due to:
“Every day, about 100 people die in crashes and more than 1,000 suffer life-changing injuries.”
Falls are the third leading cause for all age groups; however, it is the number one cause for those age 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Choking and suffocation comes up next and is typically caused from choking on food or other objects. However, mechanical suffocation is the number one cause of death for infants.
A good defense is knowing the proper way to do the Heimlich Maneuver and/or CPR.
Drowning is the fifth leading cause for all ages, but it is the number one cause of death for children ages one to four. A few tips include:
Fires and burns come in sixth. About 2,646 deaths were caused by burns and injuries related to fire in 2015.
Weather-related disasters rounds out the top seven, claiming hundreds of lives every year. Make sure you are prepared for disasters such as floods and tornadoes.
Past results afford no guarantee of future results and each case is different and is judged on its own merits.