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.