Health Information

Safety and Injury Prevention

  • Fire Safety and Burns Overview

    Know the types of burns you can get and how to keep you and your family safe.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Airway Obstruction: Prevention

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

  • Preventing Falls

    Falls are the most common cause of injury visits to the emergency room for young children. Falls cause more open wounds, fractures, and brain injuries than any other cause.

  • Falls

    Detailed information on falls and preventing injuries and death in children

  • 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. This results in burns at lower temperatures.

  • Fire Safety and Burns

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

  • Fire Safety

    Detailed information on fire and burn safety

  • Firearms

    Detailed information on firearm safety and preventing injuries and death in children

  • Home Page - Safety and Injury Prevention

    Detailed information on safety and injury prevention of children

  • Installing and Using Child Safety Seats and Booster Seats

    As part of your preparation for your new baby, you probably got an infant safety seat for the car. But do you know how to make sure it’s installed properly? And when do you switch to a child safety seat? Learn the ins and outs of safe car travel for your little one.

  • Motor Vehicle Safety for Children

    Detailed information on motor vehicle safety and children

  • Motor Vehicle Safety Overview

    Detailed information on motor vehicle safety, including installing and using child safety seats and booster seats

  • Pedestrian Safety

    Children are at higher risk for pedestrian injury and death because they often don't understand traffic rules or the danger that vehicles pose. In addition, parents and caregivers often overestimate a child's traffic skills.

  • Online Resources - Safety and Injury Prevention

    List of online resources to find additional information on safety and injury prevention in children

  • Topic Index - Safety and Injury Prevention

    Detailed information on safety and injury prevention of children

  • Sports Safety—Identifying High-Risk Situations

    High-risk situations include faulty or ill-fitting safety gear and equipment, lack of adult supervision, and an unsafe playing environment.

  • Sports Injury Prevention

    Detailed information on sports safety, including safety gear and equipment

  • Sports Safety for Children

    Because they are still growing, children are more susceptible to sports injuries. Half of those injuries could be prevented with proper safety gear, safer playing environments, and established safety rules.

  • Toy Safety—Identifying High-Risk Situations

    Small toys or toys with small removal parts are not appropriate for children ages 3 and younger.

  • Toy Safety

    Detailed information on toy safety and injury prevention in children

  • Toy Safety—Prevention

    To make sure a toy is appropriate for your young child, check the label. In general, most toys on the market today are safe.

  • Water Safety for Parents

    Here you will find preventive steps to protect children from drowning in homes, pools, and open waters, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans

  • Water Safety for Children

    Preventive steps parents can take to protect their children from drowning.

  • Water Safety—Prevention

    If your children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, learn CPR. CPR can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival.

  • Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety

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

  • 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.

  • Teen Suicide

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

  • Firearms Safety

    Detailed information on firearm safety and prevention