Overview of Safety for School Children

Over the last 20 years, the number of injury-related deaths in children in the United States has declined substantially. Much of this decline is due to safety regulations, such as car seats for children, helmets for bicyclists, and smoke detectors in homes. However, even today, millions of school-age children are seriously injured, or even killed, in accidents each year. Basic safety precautions could help prevent many of these injuries and deaths.

When it comes to child safety, there is no substitute for proper adult supervision. Always consult a health care professional, such as your child's pediatrician, or another safety expert, such as a community resource police officer, about specific needs and concerns regarding school-age child safety.

Leading causes of fatal injuries in school-age children include the following:

  • Car passenger injury
  • Pedestrian injury
  • Drowning
  • Fire/Burn injury
  • Bicycle injury

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 27 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 05 Oct 2015