What kills toddlers in the U.S. [scatter plot]

  • “Is influenza a more deadly threat to my child than drug poisoning?”
  • “How much should I freak out about fire safety in our apartment?”
  • “Should I pay the extra money for a safer car seat?”

“What are the risks I should concentrate on when it comes to my 2-year-old kid?”

Today, at least I can make a somewhat informed guess because I took the time to look at some actual data, and I made the following graph (explained below).

  • Toddlers, on average, spend much more time around water than around loaded guns.
  • When people see a kid playing with a loaded gun, they tend to deal with it quickly. When they see a kid playing in the water, they don’t fret.
  • Source spreadsheet, including all the steps from raw data to output. If you care about the exact methodology, you’ll figure it out from the spreadsheet.
  • The graph was made in mathplotlib and lightly edited in Sketch.

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Filip Hracek

Filip Hracek

Developer and manager working on Google’s Dart programming language and Flutter SDK; gamebooks enthusiast; https://filiph.net