Safety Tips for All Ages

We all know that accidents happen. In fact, unintentional falls are the most common reason why Americans go to the emergency room.1 Here are some easy ways to potentially avoid everyday mishaps.


For babies on the go

Gates at the tops and bottoms of staircases are a great way to prevent falls. Another way to keep your little ones safe is to baby-proof cabinets and doors appropriately.  

For toddlers

Putting toys away when finished with playtime not only reduces clutter, but also helps your toddler avoid tripping and possibly being injured by a toy.  Ensuring that small objects are out of reach can decrease the chances of your toddler swallowing a bite-size object and save you a trip to the emergency room. Last, installing electric outlet covers throughout the home creates a safer environment for little ones. 

For children

Outdoor play is fun, but proper protection is the first step in minimizing the impact of a trip or fall. That’s why wearing helmets, and even knee pads and elbow pads when riding bicycles or rollerblading is a great idea. As your kids start playing sports, you should consider having them wear mouth guards—especially when playing contact sports—since they are a great preventative measure against unwanted lost teeth or emergency room visits.

For teens

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting milestone for teenagers but can bring added worry to parents. Wearing seatbelts when driving is the law, but there are other things your teen can do to stay safe while behind the wheel: turn down the radio to limit distractions and to be able to hear emergency vehicles. Pull over before using a cell phone and keep two hands on the wheel when driving.

For adults

There are many steps you can take to promote safety around the house. Area rugs can prevent slipping, but if they don’t lie flat, tripping may land you in the hospital—consider putting a rug pad underneath area rugs to keep them in place. When you are cooking or handling hot food items, use oven mitts to protect exposed hands, and cover pans to prevent hot grease splatter. Last, if you’re a home improvement do-it-yourselfer, goggles, masks and gloves are essential for protecting your eyes from debris, preventing you from breathing in harsh chemicals, and keeping bare skin from being burned.

Hopefully you find these tips helpful, but since you can’t always prevent an accident from happening, it’s a good idea to look into accident insurance. Some employers may offer it as part of their benefits package, and it can be a simple way to help financially protect you and your family. 

1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “National Estimates of the 10 Leading Causes of Nonfatal Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments, United States – 2010,” accessed January 10, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/pdf/National_Estim_10_Leading_Causes_Nonfatal_
Injuries_Tx_Hospital-ED_US2010-a.pdf
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