Leading child killer

More than 4,000 children in Portugal are hospitalised each year as a result of falls, according to a study by APSI, the association for the promotion of child safety.

Between 2000 and 2009, a total of 104 children under the age of nine died from falls, making this the third leading cause of death in children after road accidents and drowning.

Falls from buildings, trees and cliffs are the primary reasons leading to death and are all considered to be avoidable by APSI.

According to APSI, there is an “urgent” need for buildings to be designed and built to meet the safety needs of children while existing buildings need to be adapted to prevent accidents, especially from balconies, windows and on stairs.