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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2006 Edition: In the Home

Nearly 40,000 unintentional-injury deaths and 9 million disabling injuries occurred in the home in 2004 (most current data available, National Safety Council.) More people are disabled (one full day or more) from injuries in the home than from workplace and traffic incidents combined.

Top 10 Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home, 2001-2005

Cause Number Percent
Fall 1,143 55.8
Poisoning 442 21.6
Suffocation 173 8.4
Fire/flame 138 6.7
Drowning 43 2.1
Natural/environmental 38 1.9
Struck by/against 26 1.3
Machinery 13 .6
Firearm 12 .6
Explosion 12 .6
Late effects of causes other than transport and fall 10 .5

From infancy through age 9, our children are most at risk at home from suffocation, drowning, fires and falls. 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, 2001-2005

Age Group Cause Number Total from all Causes
<1 Suffocation
Drowning
Fall
66
2
2
71
1-4 Suffocation
Fire/flame
Drowning
10
8
6
38
5-9 Fire/flame
Drowning
Fall
6
4
3
16
10-14 Fire/flame
Firearm
Poisoning
9
2
2
19
15-19 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Fall
10
3
2
16
20-24 Poisoning
Drowning
Fire/flame
31
5
4
55
25-29 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
33
9
5
56
30-34 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
36
6
2
51
35-39 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
59
11
8
95
40-44 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
70
19
8
123
45-49 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
90
22
10
145
50-54 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
60
27
18
124
55-59 Fall
Poisoning
Suffocation
27
23
12
78
60-64 Fall
Poisoning
Fire/flame
24
12
8
51
65-69 Fall
Suffocation
Fire/flame
45
7
6
71
70-74 Fall
Machinery
Fire/flame
82
6
4
113
75-79 Fall
Fire/flame
Natural/environmental
141
8
6
174
80-84 Fall
Fire/flame
Natural/environmental
229
7
6
254
85+ Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
505
15
10
551

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
    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