The leading cause of death in Maryland for citizens aged 1 to 44 years is injuries (unintentional and intentional combined.) Preventing unintentional injuries and violence and reducing their consequences is one of the Health People 2020 goals.
Unintentional injury is a serious public health problem because of its impact on the health of Americans, including premature death, disability and the burden on our health care system.
We know that unintentional injuries are largely preventable. This is accomplished through efforts to change human behavior, alter the physical environment, or enhance/enforce policies that increase protection from injury. However, injuries still kill too many people each year.
The Health Department is a proud sponsor of Safe Kids Frederick County, a local Coalition established in 1995 to prevent unintentional injuries in children ages 19 years old and under.