Brain Injury

Prevention

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

Make sure you have the right helmet fit for the right activity, click here for the Think First Helmet Guide.

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

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