Car Accidents, Fires Top City Child Fatalities
By: NY1 News
NY1: Car Accidents, Fires Top City Child Fatalities
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City officials talked about fire safety as they released Thursday the second annual Child Fatality Report.
The report is a review of preventable deaths among children aged one to 12 years old.
Fire was the second leading cause of death.
The report found one in four deaths were caused by children playing with matches.
Research also showed three-quarters of fires in which a child was killed could have easily been prevented.
"Keep matches lighters away from kids and do these other things we've talked about including getting smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It just saves lives," said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppeta.
"When a child dies, a piece of New York's future dies as well," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
According to the report, the leading cause of death among children in the city was car accidents.