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Prevention

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Prevention

There are many ways to reduce the chances of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including:

  • Wearing a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  • Buckling your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child's height, weight, and age) Children should start using a booster seat when they outgrow their child safety seats (usually when they weigh about 40 pounds). They should continue to ride in a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belts in the car fit properly, typically when they are 4'9" tall.
  • Never driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

When is it important to wear a helmet?

  • Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle;
  • Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing;
  • Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard;
  • Batting and running bases in baseball or softball;
  • Riding a horse; or
  • Skiing or snowboarding.

How can I make my home safe for seniors?

  • Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways;
  • Use nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors;
  • Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower;
  • Install handrails on both sides of stairways;
  • Improvi lighting throughout the home; and
  • Maintaining a regular physical activity program, if your doctor agrees, to improve lower body strength and balance.2,3,4

How can I make my home safe for children?

  • Install window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows; and
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.
  • Make sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.5

What are there opportunities to raise awareness of brain injury in Hawaii?

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