Spinal Cord Injury Prevention
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is often preventable. The following suggestions, combined with good old common sense, can help you prevent an SCI.
- All passengers must always wear their seat belt
- Use age and weight appropriate child safety seats
- Children under age 12 should ride in the back seat secured or buckled in place
- Alcohol, drugs, and driving are not a safe mix
- Don't drive if sleepy
- New prescription? Check the label for side effects that could affect your ability to drive safely
- Avoid cell phone use while driving (that includes talking and texting!)
Protect Your Brain: Wear a helmet when?
- Riding a bike, motorcycle, scooter, or skateboard
- Roller skating, in-line skating
- Skiing, snowboarding
- Horseback riding
- Playing certain sports, including: baseball, football, ice hockey
- Remove rugs and power cords that could cause you to trip
- Secure stairway banisters and handrails
- Use a sturdy step stool with a grab bar
- Install grab bars in the shower and bathtub
- Place non-slip mats on shower floors and in the bathtub
- Use nightlights
- Children around? Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs
- Install window guards to protect children from falling out
- Lock up firearms and store bullets elsewhere
Play it Safe
- Playing sports? Wear the correct safety gear.
- Put your best foot forward. Check water depth before diving headfirst. Feet first is safer.
- Doing gymnastics? Use a qualified spotter.
Updated on: 08/10/15
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