Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Study on Senior Deaths: Drowning and Fires Lead List of Non-Fall Related Deaths

"There were more than 12,500 deaths of adults 65 years old and older from 2009 to 2011 that were associated with consumer products reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Nearly three-quarters of the deaths involved falls, 70 percent of which were due to falling on stairs, ramps, landings and floors.
Twenty-seven percent of the consumer product-related deaths reported to CPSC were not fall related. Instead, the deaths most frequently involved drowning in pools or bathtubs, fires in the home involving clothing, cigarettes, lighters, cooking or heating, and rollovers or collisions involving ATVs.
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A report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “Consumer Product-Related Non-Fall Fatalities Involving Victims 65 Years of Age and Older 2009-2011”, identifies the following top 10 product group hazards involved in the non-fall senior deaths..."

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