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Tips to Prevent Preventable Injuries at Every Age

Many people suffer from preventable injuries each year. They are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease.

The top risks are as follows:

Mechanical Suffocation: Under 12 months

  • More than 2 preventable deaths occur per day on average.
  • Have infants sleep in a crib, not the parent’s bed.
  • Place infants on their backs to sleep.
  • Keep stuffed animals and blankets out of cribs.

Traffic Crashes: Age 1 to 24

  • Nearly 21 preventable deaths occur per day on average.
  • Buckle up every trip, every time.
  • Drive with teens to gain more driving experience, even after licensure.
  • Don’t use electronic devices, including hands-free while driving.

Poisoning (largely from prescription pain medication): Age 25 to 64

  • More than 92 preventable deaths occur per day on average.
  • Ask your doctor about alternatives to prescription pain medication.
  • If you have to take opioids, take the smallest dose for the shortest time.
  • Never share your prescriptions with anyone.

Falls: Age 65 and older

  • More than 69 preventable deaths occur per day on average.
  • Use non-skid mats in the bath and shower.
  • Install grab bars near the tub, toilet and stairs.
  • Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway.

These small changes today can make a huge difference tomorrow and will help protect everyone from preventable injuries.