Fall Prevention Safety Tips

Young girl hands upside down on a playground jungle gym.

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.

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