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Injury and Violence Prevention

Summer is here. Learn how to swim

The weather is heating up and for many Floridians this means it's time to cool off in the pool. While a day of playing in the pool can be fun, injuries and illnesses due to water-related activities increase during this time of year. Waterproof Florida encourages layers of protection that include supervision, barriers and emergency preparedness. You can learn about the layers on the WaterproofFL website. For swim lessons, please see this list of community pools. You can also print a Learn to Swim Scholarship Voucher and bring it to your favorite community pool.


The Miami-Dade County Injury Surveillance System (MDCISS) was initiated in 2004 to obtain accurate and timely information on the incidence and determinants of fatal and nonfatal injuries that occur to Miami-Dade residents. The objective of the MDCISS is to provide data that can be used to initiate or assist injury prevention programs and help measure their effectiveness. The MDCISS is a collaborative effort between the Miami-Dade County Health Department, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids-Miami, the University of Miami and Jackson Health Systems. It has been supported, in part, through funding from The Children’s Trust and the Health Foundation of South Florida.

Injuries are a major public health problem in Miami-Dade County and are the leading cause of death for county residents between the ages 1 to 44 years. Further, for every injury-related death to a county resident in 2014, there were an additional 13 nonfatal hospitalizations and 154 emergency department visits due to injuries.

Injuries to Miami-Dade County Residents During 2014

Injuries were responsible for 1,206 resident deaths in 2014, an increase of 11% from 1,084 injury-related deaths during 2013.

Unintentional (accidental) injuries accounted for 734 (61%) of injury deaths, followed by suicides (241, 20%) and homicides (229, 19%).

Firearm injuries were the leading cause of injury-related death (284, 24%) followed by falls (186, 15%) and poisonings (147, 12%).

Firearm deaths slightly decreased (-3%) during 2014 compared to 2013. Approximately two-thirds (67%) of firearm deaths in 2014 were homicides, while 32% were suicides. There were two unintentional firearm deaths during 2014.

Injuries were responsible for 15,663 nonfatal hospitalizations to county residents in 2014. Falls (50%) were the leading cause of injury hospitalizations followed by poisonings (10%) and motor vehicle traffic occupant injuries (7%).

Injuries were responsible for 186,189 nonfatal emergency department (ED) visits to county residents in 2014. Falls (29%) were the leading cause of ED visits followed by struck by or against an object/person (12%).