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

    SMG 1364
  • 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

    Type Fall Traffic
    accident
    Airway
    lesion
    Bumping
    into
    something
    Burn Getting
    caught/
    stuck
    Cut

    (pricked)
    Bicycle Hazardous
    substance
    Falling
    object
    Smoke Other Total
    No. of
    children
    1539 421 360 358 236 170 159 110 50 46 35 176 3,660
    Percentage 42.0 11.5 9.8 9.8 6.5 4.6 4.3 3.0 1.4 1.3 1.0 4.8 100

    ♣ By location

    Type Household Road/

    sidewalk
    Residential
    area

    (in front of home)
    Play
    facilities
    Indoors Daycare
    center

    (kindergarten)
    Other

    (park, outdoors, etc.)
    Total
    No. of
    children
    2314 462 295 123 119 24 323 3,660
    Percentage 63.2 12.6 8.1 3.4 3.3 0.6 8.8 100

    ♣ By age

    Type 1 year old 2 year old 3 year old 4 year old 5 year old 6 year old 7 year old Total
    No. of
    children
    926 682 540 449 381 363 319 3,660
    Percentage 25.3 18.6 14.8 12.3 10.4 9.9 8.7 100

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

    ♣ By gender

    Type Boy Girl Total
    No. of
    children
    2202 1458 3,660
    Percentage 60.2 39.8 100

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