This school vacation saw the lowest number of children’s deaths from accidents
since the National Council for the Child began to keep statistics in
Only 14 children were killed in July and August – significantly
lower than last year – though all were tragic and preventable deaths.
highest figure – 34 child accident victims – was reached in both 2010 and 2006,
while the next-lowest of 16 was in 2009.
The 2011 figure was
During the course of the year, six or seven children die of accidents
in an average month.
The “most dangerous” ages are from birth to three
years and between ages 13 and 18. Eight of the 14 deaths were among children
below age six. Boys are more often the victims than girls and Arab children –
who accounted for five of the deaths – were proportionately more likely to die
than Jewish children.
The causes of death in July and August were road
accidents (5), drowning (5), falls (2), being left in a locked vehicle (1) and
being crushed by a basketball pole (1).
The council said on Monday that
is was very pleased the summer death toll of children had declined
“It proves that deaths from accidents are not inevitable
or ‘fate’ and that the summer months don’t have to be worse than the rest of the
year,” said council head Dr. Yitzhak Kadman.
informational and educational campaigns by Beterem, the Education Ministry, the
media and his own council for the fruitful results. But he said that even more
effort – especially by parents – can be made to reduce the death toll even