Electrical-receptacle-related injury statistics.
|Profile of a typical victim and incident:
- 2 or 3 years old.
- Injured at home.
- Inserted a hairpin into a receptacle.
- Suffered a 1st- or 2nd-degree electric burn to a finger.
- Emotional trauma to child and parents.
- Required emergency room treatment.
Objects inserted are everyday, easily accessible household items:
An analysis of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
data over a 10 year period (1991-2001) found:
- 24,000+ children under 10 years old were treated in Emergency Rooms for incidents related to electrical
receptacles—about 7 children per day.
- 89% are under 6 years old.
- 50% are 2 to 3 years old—the highest-risk group.
- Boys are the highest risk, regardless of age.
Typical Location of Incidents
A Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP)
8-year study (1996–2003) of 14 hospitals found:
- 465 children under 9 years old were treated in emergency rooms for incidents related to electrical
- Close to 85% were under 4 years old.
- Most cases required advice and follow-up.
- 3% were admitted or transferred.
- 40% were between 3-6 years old.
- 79% were injured at home.
- 69% were injured when an object was placed in an outlet.
|Incident by Age Group
NEMA Business Information Services Estimates:
- Increases cost of an average receptacle by 50 cents per unit*.
- Increases cost of a GFCI receptacle by $2.25 per unit.*
- Total increased cost per average home is under $50.
* NEMA Manufacturers Survey Reference
Where the Data Came From:
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