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New UN report teaches children how to stay safe while having fun

NEW YORK, 10 December 2008 – Children aged 7 to 10 will find useful tips and life-saving advice about how to protect themselves from accidental injuries in a new booklet released today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.


Have Fun, Be Safe uses illustrations, quizzes and accessible language to explain how injuries happen and how to prevent them.


Facts about accidental injuries are alarming: they kill approximately 830,000 children under 18 every year and are the leading cause of death for children over nine. In addition, tens of millions of children require hospital care every year for non-fatal injuries.


Note to the editors:

Have Fun, Be Safe is a companion to the World Report on Child Injury Prevention 2008 that WHO and UNICEF launched today in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The report presents the current knowledge about the five most important causes of unintentional injury: road traffic accidents, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning.


Have fun, Be safe is available in English, French and Spanish. A limited number of hard copies are available, free of charge. For information on how to obtain a copy, and to download a PDF of the booklet, please go to  




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