The Other Side of Summer


   Playground Peril

1,459,201: The estimated number of playground equipment-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments from 2009 to 2014.

•61%: Occurred at schools or parks.

•34%: Were fractures.

•17 %: Were contusions or abrasions.


Source: “Injuries and Investigated Deaths Associated with Playground Equipment 2009-2014,” U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, April 2017


   Bicycling Costly ...

•3.8 million: The number of nonfatal bicycle injuries reported in the United States from 1997 to 2013.

•$227 Billion: The estimated cost of non-fatal adult bicycle injuries during that period, calculated in 2010 dollars.

•$39 Billion: The estimated cost of fatal bicycle crashes, 1999 to 2013.


Source: “Estimated Total Costs From Nonfatal and Fatal Bicycle Crashes in the USA: 1997–2013,” Injury Prevention, April 2017


   ... And Dangerous

•426,000: The number of people 19 and younger who visited the emergency department in 2015 for injuries related to bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards.

•49 Per hour: Youngsters taken to the ED due to these activities. In 2015, bicycling injuries made up nearly half of these injuries, followed by skateboarding and skating at 19 percent and scootering at 11 percent. 

•28%: The decrease in ED visits due to injuries associated with bicycling among people 19 and younger from 2005 to 2015.

•40%: The increase in ED visits for scootering during that same time period.

•40%: The portion of parents of children ages 5-14 who said their child did not always wear a helmet during one of these activities.


Source: “Ready for the Ride: Keeping Kids Safe on Wheels,”Safe Kids Worldwide, May 2017


   Pool-related ED Visits

•5,900: The average number of children younger than 15 who were treated in U.S. emergency departments for nonfatal injuries associated with pool or spa submersions annually from 2014 to 2016.

•74%: The annual average portion of children treated for those injuries who were younger than 5.

•48%: The share of incidents involving nonfatal drowning injuries that occurred at a residence.

•1,052: The reported drowning fatalities between 2012 and 2014 for children younger than 15.

•54%: Reported drownings that occurred in in-ground pools.

•19%: Occurred in above-ground pools.


Source: “Pool or Spa Submersion: Estimated Nonfatal Drowning Injuries and Reported Drownings, 2017 report,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, May 2017