The questions and answers in this brochure are designed to help you, as a parent, make healthy and safe choices for your children.
Yes. Last year alone, nearly 500 children were admitted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital due to falls.
Children under 9 years old have the most falls with injury.
No. A screen is not a support device. It can pop out and allow the child to fall, causing injury. Keep furniture away from windows to avoid falls.
Yes. Plant bushes or shrubs or place sand under windows. This cushions the area below the window and helps break the fall. However, the child can still be injured.
Yes. A bike helmet helps protect the head and brain from injury. Bike helmets are very important for both children and adults. (See Bike Safety brochure for more information.)
A helmet, wrist pads, elbow pads and knee pads should be worn to protect against injury.
No. Baby walkers allow children to do things too soon. The most common injuries from baby walkers are head injuries, followed by broken arms and legs. (See Baby Safety brochure for more information.)
Swings for small children should have a safety belt to prevent them from falling, and back support to keep them sitting upright.
A padded rubber surface is the best way to help break playground falls.
No. Lawn mowers, tractors, bulldozers or any type of farm equipment are not meant for children. Children should not be on this machinery even if they are with an adult. Double riding is always unsafe