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Keeping Safe From Injuries

Now let's talk about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the possibility of a fatal injury.  Traffic accidents are the most common type, being the cause of death for 1.9% of Americans.  In case you feel someone in your household may be vulnerable to some of these dangers, we've listed some helpful online resources in this table (fatalities resulting from disease aren't included.)

The 7 Leading Causes Of Fatal Injuries
1. Traffic accidents (1.9%). A Traffic Safety Checklist of the most effective tips is shown below as you scroll down.
2. Suicide (1.3%). About 4% of the population attempts suicide at some point in their lives.  You can read tips from's expert in What to do when a friend is feeling suicidal.
3. Homicide (0.7%). Read a one-page list of homicide prevention tips, or for a more in-depth review of your personal security options visit The Crime Doctor.
4. Falls (0.7%).
The CFA has put together a list of tips that can keep you safe from falls, poisonings, drownings and fires in a special report Four Preventable Tragedies (it's also available in PDF format.)  Young people are the most susceptible to drownings and poisonings, whether accidental or from drug overdosing.  Older people tend to fall victim to falls and fires (largely because of their lessened powers of strength and coordination.)
5. Poison (0.6%).
6. Drowning (0.17%).
7. Fires & Burns (0.15%).

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