The best way to protect yourself and your family from brain injuries is to prevent them from happening in the first place. For more information take a look at this article on prevention.
Here are some tips to reduce the chances that you or your family members will have a brain injury.
- Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
- Always buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child’s height, weight, and age) in the car.
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Wear a helmet when doing the following:
- Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle
- Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing
- Using in-line skates, a skateboard, or a scooter
- Batting and running bases in baseball or softball
- Riding a horse
- 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
- 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