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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2009-2010 Edition: In the Home

A total of 54,500 unintentional-injury deaths and 13.1 million disabling injuries occurred in the home in 2008 (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, 2004-2008

Cause Number Percent
Fall 1,437 53.90
Poisoning 667 25.02
Suffocation 248 9.30
Fire/flame 129 4.84
Drowning 45 1.69
Natural/environmental 34 1.28
Struck by/against 22 0.83
Unspecified 16 0.60
Pedestrian, other 12 0.45
Machinery 11 0.41

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, 2004-2008

Age Group Cause Number Total
from all
Causes
<1 Suffocation
Fall
Drowning
88
2
1
92
1-4 Suffocation
Drowning
Fire/flame
10
9
6
40
5-9 Fire/flame
Drowning
Suffocation
5
3
2
14
10-14 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Drowning
Fall
Pedal cyclist, other
ATV/Snowmobile, nontraffic
Land transport, other
Struck by/against
Suffocation
6
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
15
15-19 Poisoning
Suffocation
Drowning
Fire/flame
ATV/Snowmobile, nontraffic
Natural/environmental
Struck by/against
15
3
1
1
1
1
1
23
20-24 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
38
7
2
49
25-29 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
47
7
6
69
30-34 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
56
7
4
75
35-39 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fall
81
9
8
115
40-44 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
99
20
15
151
45-49 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
132
29
17
195
50-54 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
108
28
15
176
55-59 Poisoning
Fall
Suffocation
54
45
13
131
60-64 Fall
Fire/flame
Poisoning
41
16
15
92
65-69 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
43
7
6
71
70-74 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
87
6
6
119
75-79 Fall
Suffocation
Fire/flame
187
12
3
212
80-84 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
299
11
9
331
85+ Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
637
21
15
696

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
    Minnesota Injury Facts, 2009-2010 Homepage

    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.nhtsa.gov/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/2004-146/


  • 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