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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2008 Edition: In the Home

A total of 42,600 unintentional-injury deaths and 10.2 million disabling injuries occurred in the home in 2006 (most current data available, National Safety Council.) Since 2000 deaths in the home (and death rates per 100,000 population) have steadily increased.

Top 10 Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home, 2003-2007

Cause Number Percent
Fall 1,299 54.86
Poisoning 569 24.03
Suffocation 196 8.28
Fire/flame 126 5.32
Drowning 39 1.65
Natural/environmental 38 1.60
Struck by/against 24 1.01
Pedestrian, other 12 .51
Machinery 11 .46
Firearm 10 .42

From infancy through age 9, our children are most at risk at home from suffocation, fires, drowning and falls. Poisoning emerges as the leading cause of death in the mid-teens through the early 60s, when it is eclipsed by falls.

Top Three Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home by Age Group, 2003-2007

Age Group Cause Number Total from all Causes
<1 Suffocation
Fall
Drowning
75
3
2
81
1-4 Drowning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
7
7
7
36
5-9 Fire/flame
Drowning
Fall
6
3
1
14
10-14 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Firearm
4
3
2
16
15-19 Poisoning
Suffocation
Drowning
16
2
1
21
20-24 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
37
7
4
53
25-29 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
40
9
7
64
30-34 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
45
6
3
62
35-39 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
69
8
7
100
40-44 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
86
21
9
135
45-49 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
111
29

12
173
50-54 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
88
21
12
146
55-59 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
41
39
9
108
60-64 Fall
Poisoning
Fire/flame
32
16
15
76
65-69 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
43
8
6
74
70-74 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
79
5
5
104
75-79 Fall
Suffocation
Fire/flame
163
8
4
188
80-84 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
268
6
4
288
85+ Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
586
17
11
629

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