Annually, more than 165,000 children are involved in accidents in Austria. This means that every three minutes a child has an accident, an average of over 450 children require medical treatment each day, and every two weeks a child dies as a result of an accident.
This makes accidents one of the greatest health risks for children. Besides cancer, they are the number one cause of death between the ages of 1 and 14. Simple safety measures can help to prevent the majority of accidents.
„Full attention - Zero accidents!“ is therefore the motto of the initiative for the prevention of child accidents created by the KFV (Austrian Road Safety Board) in 2014. By 2020, Austria is to become a safe area for children so that no child has to die as a result of an accident.
And a lot is happening! Over 200 children have already learnt how to swim with KFV safety expert Helmi. The homes of over 100 socially vulnerable families have been fitted with the appropriate child-safety equipment. More than 1,000 traffic safety campaigns have been carried out across Austria. At the KFV safety fair, around 2,500 families were consulted on child safety matters and more than 500 media reports, in conjunction with numerous renowned partners and supporters, contributed towards education and the targeted dissemination of information.