Consumer Product Injuries

Consumer product injuries decreased 18% in 2020


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that in the first seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic, amid the majority of shelter-in-place restrictions, visits to emergency departments for consumer product-related injuries fell 24%. The largest decrease occurred in April, with a 45% decrease. Over the full year consumer product injuries treated in emergency departments decreased 18% in 2020 compared to 2019.

The CPSC reports that the largest decreases were sports-related injuries (see the sports-related injuries). Also, visits for relatively minor injuries (e.g., strains/sprains) decreased over 40%, while more severe injuries like amputations remained relatively stable.

Some consumer product injuries increased even as overall injuries treated in emergency departments decreased. Skateboards, scooters, and hover boards all experienced significant increases.

Because the consumer product data presented on this page reflects only emergency department visits, and not injuries that are self-treated or treated in doctor’s offices/urgent care centers, it is not clear if injuries actually decreased in 2020 or if just visits to emergency departments to treat the injuries decreased.

In 2020, nearly 11 million people were treated in emergency departments for injuries resulting from consumer products. Most of the injuries involve everyday products often assumed to be safe. Many of these injuries occur to our most vulnerable populations, older adults and young children. Common products such as televisionshousehold cleaning products, and even beds can pose risks. The infographic includes a summary of consumer product injuries in 2019. Explore the data details page for more information and trends over the last eight years.

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