Facts & Figures in Home Safety

  • More accidents happen at home than anywhere else
  • Every year there are approximately 6,000 deaths as the result of a home accident
  • More than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home every year, for which they are taken to accident and emergency units
  • Children under the age of five and people over 65 (particularly those over 75) are most likely to have an accident at home
  • Over 76,000 children under the age of 14 are admitted for treatment of which over 40% are under 5 years of age
  • Falls are the most common accidents, which can cause serious injury at any time of life. The risk increases with age
  • More women than men over the age of 65 die as the result of an accident in the home
  • Every year over 62 children under 14 die as a result of an accident in the home
  • Around 25,000 under-fives attend A&E departments each year after being accidentally poisoned
  • An average of 13 children a day under the age of 4 suffer a severe injury from a burn or a scald. A hot drink can still scald a small child up to 15 minutes after it is made
  • More accidents happen in the lounge/living room than anywhere else in the home.
  • Every year more than 4,200 children are involved in falls on the stairs and 4,000 children under the age of 15 are injured falling from windows
  • Boys have more accidents than girls
  • The cost to society of UK home accident injuries has been estimated at £45.63billion (£45,630million) annually.

Sources:
Home Accident Surveillance System including Leisure Activities 24th (final) Annual Report. London: Department of Trade and Industry, 2002 Data.
Office for National Statistics: Mortality Statistics; Injury and poisoning 2012; England and Wales.
General Register Offices for Scotland: Annual Report of the Registrar General for Scotland 2012
General Register Office (Northern Ireland): Registrar General Annual Report 2012
Transport Research Laboratory. Re-valuation of home accidents (report PPR 483). Bracknell: IHS, 2010


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