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UN says drowning, other accidents kill 800,000 kids a year

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - UN officials say simple things like seat belts, childproof medicine caps and fences around pools could save hundreds of thousands of children's lives every year.

A report released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF at a conference in Vietnam counts more than 800,000 children who die each year from burns, drowning, car crashes, falls and other accidents. Most of those deaths occur in developing countries.

The report says with more safety measures in place, countries could prevent half of those deaths. Suggestions include seatbelt and helmet laws, water heater controls and safer designs for nursery furniture and toys. The report also recommends various traffic safety improvements.

The report says such steps have been taken in many high-income countries and have reduced child injury deaths by up to 50 percent over the last 30 years.         

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