By: Allison Lardinois and Heather Bilquist
- Each year, an average of 2,096 children ages 14 and under die as a result of a home injury.
- Fires, suffocation and drowning are the leading causes of unintentional home injury death among children in this age group.
- In the year 2004, about 2,300 children ages 14 and under, died from unintentional injuries that occurred in the home. Nearly 80 percent of these deaths were among children ages 4 and under.
- Install smoke detectors in your home to tell you when there is a fire hazard.
- Check your home for pieces of furniture that may have sharp corners or hard edges.
- Alcoholic beverages should be kept out of reach for children and should be locked up if not in use.
- Keep all plants out of reach because many are harmful and some have poison.
- You should put safety plugs in unused electrical outlets but make sure they are not hazardous.