Falls are the leading cause of injury across the
lifespan. For children under the age of 4, more than 80% of these
injuries occur in the home. Most of these home injuries are due to a
lack of parental supervision or safety precautions around stairs,
furniture, and windows and the use of infant walkers.
experience falls while outside on playground equipment. For older
Americans, falls represent a serious health problem, causing thousands of
deaths and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations annually. Each year, one
in three adults age 65 or older will experience a fall, risking traumatic
injury or disability and increasing the likelihood of future falls.
Additionally, falls are the leading cause of injury death among Americans aged
65 and older. (CDC, 2013). Fortunately, falls are preventable. See the tips
below for information on how to prevent falls for your yourself and your loved
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
For information on Injury Prevention, email our Injury Prevention Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.