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PDF 2007 Evaluation of the Fall-Related Injury Prevention Projects

PDF 2004 Report on Unintentional Fall Related Injuries

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury resulting in hospital treatment for children? More than 80 percent of fall related injuries occur in the home. The majority of falls occur from furniture, stairs, baby walkers, playground equipment, windows and shopping carts.

Keep young children safe and healthy by following these tips from Safe Kids Nebraska:

* Do not use baby walkers. They account for more injuries than any other nursery product. Use a stationary activity center.

* Never leave young children alone on changing tables, beds, sofas or other furniture or in a child safety seat that is placed on a high surface.

* Always strap children into highchairs, swings and strollers.

* Install window guards on all windows unless designated as emergency fire exits.Image of kids playing safe with parental supervision.

* Never let children play alone on fire escapes, high porches or balconies.

* Secure rugs with non-slip backing.

* Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.

* Never let kids play on stairs.

* Keep hallways and stairs well-lit and clutter free.

* Avoid asphalt, concrete, grass and soil surfaces under playground equipment. Supervise young children at all times.

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