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Falls Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury for American children under the age of 15. Most falls occur at home. In 2001, 121 children were killed and thousands were injured in falls. Warm weather months bring open windows and an increased risk of window falls. Because many children, especially those in older urban areas, live in multi-story duplexes, many children also are at risk of falls from 2nd story porches and balconies. In about 2/3 of balcony-related falls, children fall between balcony rails.

What you can do to help protect children

Situations to avoid

Adapted from information prepared by the Rainbow Community Safety & Resource Center, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and used with permission.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Children's Environmental Health Network.

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Last Reviewed: Apr 24, 2007

Formerly, Professor of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University