Subject: Children are involved in “too many” accidents
Children are involved in “too many” accidents, health officials have warned as they called for more to be done to prevent children and young people from dying needlessly from car crashes or injuries sustained at home.
New figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that despite improvements, hundreds of children are still dying from accidents at home or on the roads, many of which are preventable.
Between 2008 and 2012 an average of 525 children and young people under the age of 25 died every year from such accidents. And an average of 53,700 were admitted to hospital each year.
At-home accidents include choking, suffocation and strangulation, falls, poisoning, burns and drowning. PHE has released two new tool kits for local authorities to help them prevent unnecessary accidents among their residents.