Richland Hospital Health & Safety Tips – Fall Prevention
Facts About Falls
- Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injury.
- Falls are an important cause of brain injury.
- Falls are common at all ages, but peak incidence of medically treated falls is 1 year of age.
- Most injuries that occur on playgrounds are the result of falls.
- Baby walkers are associated with a very high risk of falls.
- Falls associated with recreation are common in childhood and adolescence from skateboards, bicycles, horses, or play ground equipment.
Fall Prevention Safety Tips
- Choose not to use a baby walker.
- Guard stairways with gates for infants and toddlers.
- Use restraining belts on baby furniture (e.g., high chairs, changing tables).
- Stay in constant attendance of babies or children on high surfaces (e.g., changing tables and sofas).
- Install screens in your home that cannot be pushed out or window guards on all open windows above the first floors.
- Use protective clothing and equipment (e.g., helmets, knee/elbow pads) for recreational activities.
- Use side rails on bunk beds.