What are the odds of dying from a
Fall from bed, chair or other furniture?

1 in 2,715
Lifetime odds of dying from a Fall from bed, chair or other furniture in the US are 1 in 2,715.
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Falls from furniture such as beds, chairs, and sofas are a common cause of injury and death, particularly among the elderly. According to the CDC, the lifetime odds of dying from a fall from bed, chair, or other furniture in the United States are 1 in 2,715.

Each year, thousands of people die from falls from furniture, and the numbers are increasing. In 2021, 1,554 people died from this cause, with one-year odds of dying at 1 in 213,662. In 2020, there were 1,515 deaths, with one-year odds of dying at 1 in 217,742. The numbers have been steadily increasing since 2003 when there were 842 deaths with one-year odds of dying at 1 in 344,548.

Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to falls from furniture, with the majority of deaths occurring in people over the age of 65. Falls from furniture can result in serious injuries such as hip fractures, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can be life-threatening, particularly in older adults who may have other underlying health conditions.

There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood of falling from furniture, including poor balance, muscle weakness, and visual impairment. Environmental factors such as cluttered living spaces, poor lighting, and uneven surfaces can also increase the risk of falling.

Preventing falls from furniture involves a combination of strategies, including regular exercise to improve balance and strength, making sure living spaces are well-lit and free of clutter, using assistive devices such as canes or walkers if needed, and installing safety features such as grab bars in bathrooms and stairways.

In conclusion, falls from furniture are a serious public health issue that affects thousands of people each year. While the risk of dying from a fall from furniture is relatively low, it is important to take steps to prevent falls and reduce the risk of serious injury. By following simple safety measures and making small changes to living spaces, individuals can reduce their risk of falling and enjoy a safer, healthier life.

Deaths per year from a Fall from bed, chair or other furniture in the US and one-year odds of dying

Year Deaths one-year odds
2021 1,554 1 in 213,662
2020 1,515 1 in 217,742
2019 1,442 1 in 227,628
2018 1,347 1 in 242,531
2017 1,557 1 in 208,728
2016 1,351 1 in 239,037
2015 1,342 1 in 238,926
2014 1,242 1 in 256,280
2013 1,172 1 in 269,616
2012 1,143 1 in 274,566
2011 1,117 1 in 278,925
2010 1,046 1 in 295,717
2009 1,096 1 in 279,899
2008 1,025 1 in 296,673
2007 986 1 in 305,507
2006 909 1 in 328,250
2005 902 1 in 327,627
2004 774 1 in 378,307
2003 842 1 in 344,548