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  • Approximately 10 accidents involving children per day, most frequent being falls of one-year-olds at home

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Headquarters recently announced the results of its analysis of accidents involving children seven years of age or younger who have been transported by 119 emergency services. In 2013, in Seoul, the number of children seven years of age or younger transported to hospitals by 119 emergency services due to accidents (illness not included) was 3,660. This makes a daily average of approximately 10 children.

    When analyzed by type of accident, the breakdown is as follows: 1,539 falls (42.0%), 421 traffic accidents (11.5%), 360 airway lesions (9.8%), 358 bumps (9.8%), 236 burns (6.5%), 170 cases of getting caught or stuck (4.6%), 159 cases of being cut or pricked (4.3%), 110 bicycle accidents (3.0%), 50 cases of swallowing objects or contact with hazardous substances (1.4%), and other types.

    The breakdown of accidents by location is as follows: 2,314 household (63.2%), 462 road/sidewalk (12.6%), 295 residential area (in front of the home) (8.1%), 123 play facilities (3.4%), 119 indoors (3.3%), 24 daycare center (0.6%), and other.

    By age, the group that suffered the most accidents was the one-year-old group at 926 (25.3%), followed by 682 two-year-olds (18.6%), 540 three-year-olds (14.8%), 449 four-year-olds (12.3%), 381 five-year-olds (10.4%), 363 six-year-olds (9.9%), and 319 seven-year-olds (8.7%).

    Analysis of the correlation between the type of accident and age shows that the most common accidents among the youngest ages are airway lesions, burns, and contact with hazardous substances, and the incidence of bicycle accidents increases with age.

    < Accidents in Seoul involving children seven years old or younger who were transported by 119 emergency services in 2013 >

    ♣ By accident type

    TypeFallTraffic
    accident
    Airway
    lesion
    Bumping
    into
    something
    BurnGetting
    caught/
    stuck
    Cut
    (pricked)
    BicycleHazardous
    substance
    Falling
    object
    SmokeOtherTotal
    No. of
    children
    15394213603582361701591105046351763,660
    Percentage42.011.59.89.86.54.64.33.01.41.31.04.8100

    ♣ By location

    TypeHouseholdRoad/
    sidewalk
    Residential
    area
    (in front of home)
    Play
    facilities
    IndoorsDaycare
    center
    (kindergarten)
    Other
    (park, outdoors, etc.)
    Total
    No. of
    children
    2314462295123119243233,660
    Percentage63.212.68.13.43.30.68.8100

    ♣ By age

    Type1 year old2 year old3 year old4 year old5 year old6 year old7 year oldTotal
    No. of
    children
    9266825404493813633193,660
    Percentage25.318.614.812.310.49.98.7100

    • The younger the child, the more accidents occurred. One-year-olds suffered 2.9 times more accidents than seven-year-olds.

    ♣ By gender

    TypeBoyGirlTotal
    No. of
    children
    220214583,660
    Percentage60.239.8100