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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2005 Edition: In the Home

Nearly 10 million home injuries in the U.S. in 2003 required medical attention (National Safety Council). Numbers of injuries in the home will look higher than previous years. Minnesota death certificates used to carry less information on place of injury. Over the last couple of years, the recording of such information has greatly increased.

Top 10 Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home, 2000-2004

Cause Number Percent
Fall 1,006 53
Poisoning 386 20.3
Suffocation 171 9
Fire/flame 135 7.1
Drowning 51 2.6
Natural/environmental 34 1.7
Struck by/against 24 1.2
Firearm 12 .63
Machinery 11 .5
Explosion 10 .52
ATV/Snowmobile, nontraffic 9 .4

From infancy through age 9, our children are most at risk at home from suffocation, drowning and fire. Poisoning emerges as a leading cause in the mid-teens through the mid-50s. It remains a leading cause, but is eclipsed by falls after age 55.

Top Three Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home by Age Group, 2000-2004

Age Group Cause Number Total from all Causes
<1 Suffocation
Drowning
Fall
61
2
2
66
1-4 Suffocation
Fire/flame
Drowning
10
9
7
42
5-9 Fire/flame
>Drowning
Fall
4
3
3
15
10-14 Fire/flame
Suffocation
Drowning
10
4
2
22
15-19 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
9
4
3
19
20-24 Poisoning
Drowning
Fire/flame
26
6
6
53
25-29 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
26
9
5
50
30-34 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fall
34
5
4
52
35-39 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
53
11
7
85
40-44 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
66
16
9
112
45-49 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
76
15
9
126
50-54 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
54
23
16
113
55-59 Fall
Poisoning
Suffocation
26
15
12
68
60-64 Fall
Poisoning
Fire/flame
24
11
5
46
65-69 Fall
SuffocationFire/flame
46
7
6
69
70-74 Fall
Fire/flame
Machinery
79
5
5
106
75-79 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
119
9
7
155
80-84 Fall
Fire/flame
Natural/environmental
202
7
6
229
85+ Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
430
13
6
467

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Unit

Injuries in the home, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Additional Pages
    Fatal injuries, Minnesota
    Non-fatal injuries, Minnesota
    All injuries, U.S.
  • Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/duip.htm


  • Traffic injuries, Minnesota
    Traffic injuries, U.S.
  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/


  • Workplace injuries, Minnesota
    Workplace injuries, U.S.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/bls/safety.htm
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/chartbook/


  • Recreational injuries, Minnesota
    Recreational injuries, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Minnesota injuries by age
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 1-19
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 20-39
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 40-59
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 60-85+

  • Minnesota Department of Health:
  • Emergency Department-treated Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 708 KB, 28 pages)
  • Nonfatal Hospitalized Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 241 KB, 28 pages)
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Minnesota injuries by gender Minnesota injuries by costs
  • Minnesota Department of Health, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/ed2001/index.cfm (see "Impact")
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/codes_project.asp


  • Prevention recommendations