Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among children ages 14 and under, according to the National Safe Kids campaign. Although this death rate has declined over the years, children remain at risk for unintentional injury-related death and disability.
Most unintentional injuries occur when children are unsupervised. Almost half of all unintentional injuries occur in or around the home.
However, unintentional injuries are preventable. With proper education, improvements to the children's environment, enforcement of certain safety legislation and regulations, and community involvement, many injuries can be prevented.