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TBI Prevention

There are many ways to reduce the chances of a concussion or other form of TBI, including:

  1. Wear seat belts in motor vehicles
  2. Buckle children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt (according to the child's height, weight, and age)
  3. Children should start using booster seats 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.
  4. Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  5. Wear a helmet and making sure children wear helmets when:
    • 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
    • Skiing or snowboarding
  6. Make living areas safer for seniors, by:
    • Removing tripping hazards such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways
    • Using nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors and installing grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower
    • Installing handrails on both sides of stairways
    • Improving lighting throughout the home
    • Maintaining regular physical activity programs, with doctor consent, to improve lower body strength and balance
  7. Make homes safer for children, by:
    • Installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows
    • Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around. Ensuring the surface on play areas are made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand

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