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Fall Prevention for Parents and Caregivers

Did you know…

  • Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 to 19.
  • Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. This adds up to almost 2.8 million children each year.
  • Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries.
  • About 45% of playground-related injuries are severe–fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations.

Use these tips to ensure that you and the children in your care prevent serious falls:

  • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained (such as wood chips or sand, not dirt or grass).
  • Use home safety devices, such as guards on windows that are above ground level, stair gates, and guard rails. These devices can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.
  • Make sure your child wears protective gear during sports and recreation. For example, when in-line skating, use wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, and a helmet.
  • Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment, whether you're at home or out to play.
  • Keep furniture away from windows. Install guards or stops on windows that are not emergency exits.

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