The cost and availability of devices for preventing childhood injuries

J Paediatr Child Health. 1992 Feb;28(1):22-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1992.tb02612.x.


Accidental injury is the major cause of death among Australian children. Many childhood injuries are preventable through the use of safety devices such as those recommended by the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia (CAPFA). It has been suggested that poor availability and the high cost of obtaining and installing safety devices may contribute to their low rates of use among families with young children. This paper assesses the availability and cost of recommended safety devices in a medium sized city in Australia. Of the 17 devices recommended by the CAPFA only 10 were readily available in Newcastle. The cost of purchasing and installing all the devices recommended by CAPFA amounted to $1516, or 21.4% of the annual disposable income, after the purchase of necessities, of families with children and 75.5% of the annual disposable income, after purchase of necessities, of single parents. It is argued that the cost of safety devices may be prohibitively expensive, particularly for those most at risk of suffering from injury.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Humans
  • Protective Devices / economics*
  • Protective Devices / supply & distribution*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*