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Fall Prevention for Safety Professionals

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, causing fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations?

As a safety professional, you can educate children and families about how to prevent 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).
  • Encourage children to wear protective gear during sports and recreation. For example, when in-line skating, encourage them to use wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, and a helmet.
  • Remind parents to supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment.
  • Remind caregivers to keep furniture away from windows. Also encourage them to install guards or stops on windows that are not emergency exits.

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