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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2007 Edition: In the Home

More than 42,000 unintentional-injury deaths and 10.2 million disabling injuries occurred in the home in 2006 (most current data available, National Safety Council.) From 2002-2006 deaths in the home (and death rates per 100,000 population) have steadily increased.

Top 10 Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home, 2002-2006

Cause Number Percent
Fall 1,196 54.7
Poisoning 491 22.4
Suffocation 180 8.23
Fire/flame 133 6.07
Drowning 44 2.01
Natural/environmental 40 1.82
Struck by/against 26 1.19
Firearm 12 .55
Machinery 11 .50
Pedestrian, other 10 .46

From infancy through age 9, our children are most at risk at home from suffocation, drowning, fires and falls. Poisoning emerges as the leading cause of death in the mid-teens through the mid-50s, when it is eclipsed by falls.

Top Three Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home by Age Group, 2002-2006

Age Group Cause Number Total from all Causes
<1 Suffocation
Drowning
Fall
65
2
1
70
1-4 Suffocation
Drowning
Fire/flame
9
8
7
41
5-9 Fire/flame
Drowning
Fall
5
4
3
15
10-14 Fire/flame
Poisoning
Drowning
5
3
2
17
15-19 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Fall/Drowning/Suffocation
14
2
1/1/1
19
20-24 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
33
6
5
53
25-29 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
38
9
4
60
30-34 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
41
5
2
55
35-39 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
61
9
9
97
40-44 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
72
20
9
122
45-49 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
96
25
11
156
50-54 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
77
23
16
138
55-59 Fall
Poisoning
Suffocation
32
29
12
92
60-64 Fall
Poisoning
Fire/flame
25
13
12
61
65-69 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
43
6
5
67
70-74 Fall
Suffocation
Fire/flame
83
6
4
108
75-79 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
144
6
6
174
80-84 Fall
Fire/flame
Natural/environmental
253
7
5
275
85+ Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
526
17
11
568

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