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Choking and Suffocation

In 2015, Unintentional choking and suffocation injuries account for 5,051 deaths in the home. While Children are a high risk category for these incidents, choking and suffocation affect people of all ages. Talking or laughing while eating, or size of food not suitable to consume, affects adults.

  • Suffocation is the leading cause of injury deaths in children less than one year of age.
  • According to the CDC’s most recent data, the second leading cause of death among older adults – 80 years and older is suffocating or choking on food.
  • Choking and suffocation injuries are one of the top reasons for unintentional deaths for children aged 1-14.

Prevent a tragedy from happening to any loved one or acquaintance with these safety fact sheets:

Sources: National Safety Councils Injury Facts Publication 2017 Edition and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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