NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) — New York City children die of injuries at half the national rate, city health department officials said.
The report, the fourth in a series tracking child deaths in New York City, found from 2001 to 2008, the city recorded 4.2 injury deaths per 100,000 children ages 1-12 years, compared to the national rate of 8.9 deaths per 100,000 children.
“New York City remains a remarkably safe place to grow up,” Dr. Thomas Farley, city health commissioner said in a statement. “Still, every child death is a tragedy and many deaths caused by injury are preventable. This report stresses the critical need for collective and individual action to make our city even safer for kids.”
The city’s lower child injury rate is due to fewer children transported in vehicles, compared to the rest of the country.
New York City children die in traffic accidents at less than one-third the national rate, due to New Yorkers’ high use of public transportation, yet traffic deaths account for 29 percent of the total child deaths.
Among unintentional injuries, 41 percent were transportation-related, 28 percent were caused by fires and burns, 10 percent involved suffocation and 9 percent resulted from falls. Nearly all intentional deaths were homicides, the report said.
The study is published in the nyc.gov/health.
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