Introduction

Since 1999, the rate of preventable injury-related deaths occurring in or around the home has increased 156%, nearly erasing improvements gained over the last century. Between 1912 and 2017, death rates are nearly unchanged, from 28 per 100,000 population in 1912 to 27.7 in 2017 (after adjusting for the 1948 classification change). In 1912, when there were 21 million households, an estimated 26,000 to 28,000 people were killed by preventable home-related injuries. In 2017, with 126 million households and triple the population, home-related deaths numbered 90,200. This increase in deaths is largely driven by increases in unintentional poisonings and falls.

Preventable Injuries and Injury-Related Deaths
in the Home

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Death rate per 100,000 population

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The injury total of 25,300,000 means that 1 person in 13 in the United States experienced a medically consulted injury. The number of medically consulted injuries occurring in the home is greater than the total number of medically consulted injuries that occur in public places, the workplace, and motor-vehicle crashes combined.

Over half of the deaths occurring in the home are poisonings, totaling 54,400 deaths in 2017. The second leading cause was falls, resulting in 23,300 deaths, or a quarter of all home deaths. No other cause accounted for more than 3% of the home deaths.

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Source: National Safety Council estimates based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics and state vital statistics departments.

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