Prevent Injuries & Violence

Prevent Injuries

Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are a common cause of injury.

  • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained.
  • Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment.
  • Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.
  • Learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
  • Make sure kids and teens wear the right protective equipment for their sport or recreation activity.
  • Parents can take many actions to protect their children's health and safety at home.
  • Stay smart around the house by following tips on fire prevention, microwave use, and living with pets.
  • Learn healthy home tips for each room in the house.

Stop the Violence

  • Kids can use electronic media to embarrass, harass, or threaten their peers. Take steps to prevent.
  • As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by their relationship experiences, including teen dating.
  • Protect your children from teen dating violence. Nearly 1/10 teens reports having been physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once over a year's time.