How to prevent a brain injury

  • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets when:
    • Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle;
    • Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing;
    • Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard;
    • Batting and running bases in baseball or softball;
    • Riding a horse; or
    • Skiing or snowboarding.
  • Avoid falls in the home by:
    • Using a step stool with a grab bar to reach objects on high shelves;
    • Installing handrails on stairways;
    • Installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows;
    • Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around;
    • Removing tripping hazards such as small area rugs and loose electrical cords;
    • Using non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors;
    • Putting grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower;
    • Maintaining a regular exercise program to improve strength, balance, and coordination; and
    • Seeing an eye doctor regularly for a vision check to help lower the risk of falling.
  • Make sure the surface on your child’s playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood, mulch, and sand.
  • Keep firearms stored unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe. Store bullets in a separate secured location.

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