Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to U.S. children 1- to 18-years-old. Every day, 20 children die from preventable injuries—resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined.
Injuries are a significant problem in Arkansas. While the number of injuries and deaths vary across the state, every county in Arkansas is impacted by injuries. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the state, and our infant and child mortality rates are extremely high compared to the rest of the country. Arkansas ranks in the top five states for deaths of children 1- to 14-years-old and is in the top 10 for teenagers 14- to 18-years-old.
The good news is, many of these injuries are predictable and preventable with the use of safety practices and equipment and the implementation of strong legislation.
When it comes to the safety of your children, you already know the basics: make sure to buckle up when in the car; wear a helmet when you’re riding your bike; wear a life jacket when you’re around water; look both ways before crossing the street.
Want to learn more about what injury prevention experts are doing to address injuries in Arkansas and across the country? Find out at noon on Nov. 18, National Injury Prevention Day, by tuning in to a Twitter chat hosted by the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. Follow the handle @InjuryFree or the hashtag #BeInjuryFree.