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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?
- The week of Valentine’s Day is National Child Passenger Safety Week.
- March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
- The fourth week of April is National Playground Safety Week.
- December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
Additional Prevention Information
- National SAFE KIDS Campaign Website
- National Program for Playground Safety Website
- ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation