Ideas for Preventing Fall-Related Injuries Among Children
When we think of falling, we usually think of falls occurring with older adults. However, fall-related injuries are a leading cause of injury hospitalizations among children ages 0-14. Falls can result in serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), fractures and even death.
Take a look at this easy In-Home Safety Check:
Does your home have:
- Unsafe stairs?
- Broken or missing railings?
- Night lights in halls or walkways?
- Poor lighting on stairways?
- Tripping hazards such as electrical cords, toys, or household items?
- Throw rugs?
- Spills that go unwiped?
Consider the following actions to reduce the risk of a fall:
- Use child safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Remove electrical cords from walkways.
- Remove newspapers and phone cords from walkways.
- Use night lights.
- Use safety straps to secure your child in strollers, shopping carts and infant carriers.
- When using infant carriers, make sure they are secure.
- Remove, repair or secure any loose flooring materials such as rugs and carpeting.
- Immediately clean up spilled liquids grease or food.
- Avoid allowing your child to use/climb on chairs and stools to reach high items.
These are by no means a complete list of conditions that may create a hazard for your child. They are offered as suggestions for you to evaluate the risk of falls in your home and potential strategies /actions to take to reduce the risk of falls.