The Center for Disease Control reports show that the leading causes of house fires are cooking, heating equipment and electrical problems. More than 60% of the reported home fires occur in homes without smoke alarms or with nonworking smoke alarms. 50% of fatal injuries in house fires are to preschool children and adults over 65.
Parent's Safety Checklist
Did you know?
Over 70 percent of children between 5 and 14 ride bicycles (27.7 million) yet it is estimated that only 15 to 25 percent wear helmets.
Children living in poverty have a higher rate of injury than children of more substantial means, (Durkin 1994).
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury death among those ages 65 and older? Falls cause 61 percent of traumatic brain injuries in this age group. The good news is many falls can be prevented by maintaining physical strength and by making your home safer!