Facts and figures

  • The home is the most common location for an accident to happen
  • Every year across the UK, there are approximately 6,000 deaths as a result of home accidents
  • Children under the age of five years and people in later life (those over the age of 65, and particularly those over 75) are most likely to have an accident at home
  • Falls are the most common accidents and can cause serious injury at any time of life, but the risk increases with age
  • More women than men over the age of 65 die as a result of an accident in the home; however, among children more boys than girls have accidents at home
  • More accidents happen in the lounge/living room than anywhere else in the home
  • The cost to society of UK home accidents has been estimated at £45.63billion (£45,630million) annually.

We will be updating this page soon with more facts and figures about home accidents.

In the meantime, you can also look at Safe and active at all ages: a national strategy to reduce serious accidental injuries in England, our injury pyramid for Scotland or home safety statistics for Northern Ireland for more insights.

Safe and active at all ages
Safe and active at all ages

A national strategy to reduce serious accidental injuries in England


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