Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 2008

How You Can Prevent a Brain Injury:

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle
  • Always buckle your child into a safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt
  • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Wear a helmet and make sure your child wears a helmet when:
  1. Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle
  2. Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing
  3. Using inline skates or riding a skateboard
  4. Batting anf running bases in baseball or softball
  5. Riding a horse, skiing, or snowboarding

Avoid Falls in Your Home:

  • Use a step stool with a grab to reach objects on high shelves
  • Install handrails on stairways
  • Install window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows
  • Use safety gates at top and bottom of stairs
  • Remove tripping hazards such as small area rugs and loose electrical cords
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower
  • Put grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub and shower
  • Maintain a regular exercise program to improve strength, balance, and coordination
  • See an eye doctor regularly to check your vision to help lower your risk for falling

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