Accident threat

7th January 2000 at 00:00
GOVERNMENT statistics show that 500 children die in accidents each year with traffic and fire the biggest cause. Injuries at home are the worst threat to under-fives. Children from poorer families are five times more likely tobe victims of accidents than those from wealthier parents. Elizabeth Towner, senior lecturer in community child health at Newcastle University, said tackling poverty was the long-term answer to preventing accidents.

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