Safety and Injury Prevention

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  1. Airway Obstruction - Identifying High-Risk Situations

    Choking hazards in the home: round, firm foods such as grapes and popcorn, and small nonfood items such as coins, balloons, and marbles.

  2. Airway Obstruction - Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

    Children at highest risk for all forms of airway obstruction are age 4 or younger. Youngsters who sleep in adult beds are also at increased risk for airway obstruction.

  3. Airway Obstruction - Prevention

    Because most accidental child strangulations, chokings, and suffocations occur in the home, it's important to carefully childproof your residence.

  4. Airway Obstruction Index

    Infants and children under age 4 are particularly at risk for choking on food or small objects because their upper airways are smaller, and they tend to explore things with their mouths.

  5. Airway Obstruction Overview
  6. Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety

    Detailed information on bicycle, in-line skating, and skateboarding safety

  7. Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety - Identifying High-Risk Situations

    Most crashes involving children on bicycles, in-line skates, or skateboards occur because the child breaks a traffic rule.

  8. Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety - Prevention

    Skateboards should never be used on surface streets. Your child should wear protective gear such as helmets, padding, and closed-toe and slip-resistant shoes.

  9. Bicycle/ In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety - Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

    Most child and teen bicycle crashes occur between May and August and between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.

  10. Falls

    Detailed information on falls and preventing injuries and death in children

  11. Falls - Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

    Infants are more likely to fall from furniture, baby walkers, and stairs. Toddlers tend to fall from windows.

  12. Falls - Prevention

    Make sure playground equipment is age-appropriate. Most equipment manufactured today is made for two age groups: children from 2 to 5 years old, and children from 5 to 12 years old.

  13. Fire Safety and Burns

    Detailed information on fire safety and burns and preventing injuries and death in children

  14. Fire Safety and Burns - Identifying High-Risk Situations

    Children are at increased risk for serious fire and burn injuries and death because they have thinner skin than adults, resulting in burns at lower temperatures.

  15. Fire Safety and Burns - Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

    The most common causes of burn injuries among children ages 14 and under are hair curlers, curling irons, room heaters, ovens and ranges, irons, gasoline, and fireworks.

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