Bunk bed deaths and injuries
Nearly all deaths related to bunk beds are from asphyxiation and this is especially the case for children, says the ACCC. Asphyxiation can happen when kids’ necks and heads become trapped while they’re on the top bunk.
Because of their smaller size, children three years and under are at greatest risk of head entrapment.
Five deaths have been recorded in Australia from 2000 to 2012.
The majority of injuries are from children falling off the top bunk. Research shows that a high number of injury victims are younger children.
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