Simple Steps for Safety

Accidents may seem beyond our control. However, most injuries can be prevented by knowing the dangers and taking simple steps for safety.

Resources

Car Seat Safety Flyer widget_300250b

Kids Home Safety Flyer

Older Adult Falls Prevention Flyer

Classes/Programs

Alliance members can contact Health Programs at the number below for details:

  • Car Seat Check Ups. Find out where and when you can learn how to safely use car seats.
  • CPR/First Aid Classes. Learn infant or community CPR and First Aid

Useful Links

U.S. Government health website: Search under "Safety." - http://www.healthfinder.gov/

Kids health website: See "Staying Safe" topic. - http://www.kidshealth.org

Senior health website: Click "F" for "Falls" under A-Z Videos or A-Z Health Topics - http://nihseniorhealth.gov 

Contact Us

livehealthy@alamedaalliance.org
510-747-4577 or 1-877-932-2738
CRS TTY: 711/1-800-735-2929
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

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Car Safety

  • Install and use car seats in the correct manner. Get a Car Safety Check Up to learn how.
  • Everyone should use a seat belt.  
  • See car seat safety flyer below for details.

Bike, Skateboard, and Scooter Safety

  • It is the law for children to wear a bike helmet whenever riding a bike or scooter.
  • A correctly fitted helmet is: on top of the head and does not rock back and forth.
  • Anyone who rides a bike, scooter, or skateboard should know and obey the rules of traffic.

Walking Safety

  • Never allow children under the age of 10 to cross streets alone.
  • Model and teach proper walking in traffic: look left, right and left again before crossing the street and cross in the crosswalks.
  • Never run across a street.
  • Stay on the sidewalk
  • Do not assume that cars see you or will give you the right of way 

Drowning

  • Most drowning occurs in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Children under the age of one year can drown in as little as one inch of water such as: wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, toilets.
  • Drowning is quick and silent. Drowning happens in a matter of seconds and usually occurs when a child is left alone.
  • Never leave a child unsupervised in or around water in the home or at a pool. Only you will watch your child all the time.
  • Make sure your children learn to swim.

Fires and Burns

  • Burns caused by hot liquids are the most common type of burn injury for young children. Hot tap water causes nearly one quarter of all burns.
  • Burns caused by contact with fire are more common among older children. Most fire and burn injuries occur from cooking, cigarettes and children playing with matches/lighters.
  • Keep hot foods and liquids away from the table and counter edges. Never carry or hold children and hot foods/liquids at the same time.
  • Keep matches, gasoline, lighters locked away and out of children's reach.
  • Make sure the water heater in the house is set to no hotter than 120 degrees F.
  • Install smoke alarms and check the batteries regularly. 

Suffocation

Suffocation happens when someone can’t breathe enough air. Babies suffocate when their faces become pushed against or buried in a mattress, pillow, or a plastic bag. Older children suffocate when they become trapped by their clothing while jumping or falling.

  • Never put soft plastic of any kind near a baby.
  • Babies should sleep on their backs until 1 year.
  • Infants should not sleep with pillows or lots of blankets.
  • Children playing on equipment should be supervised.
  • Do not allow children to wear necklaces, purses, scarves, or clothing with drawstrings while on the playground.

Poisoning and Choking

Children may be poisoned by:

  • Cleaning products
  • Personal care products
  • Medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Plants

Most choking injuries and deaths are associated with food items, especially small round foods like hot dogs, candies, nuts, grapes and popcorn. Balloons are also a cause of choking death.

Keep the Poison Control number handy at every phone and use it if you think a child may have been poisoned. The number is: 1-800-876-4766.

  • Store all household products, cleaners, medicines, vitamins out of children's sight and reach.
  • Do not allow children under the age of six years to eat round or hard foods.
  • Keep small items such as coins, safety pins, jewelry and buttons out of children's reach. 
  • Learn CPR and First Aid - the Alliance offers classes. 

Guns

Children who are around guns, either loaded or unloaded, are at great risk for injury and death. Children don’t understand how easily or gravely a gun can hurt someone. Nearly all child shooting deaths occur in or around the home. Teens and young adults are at highest risk of injury and death by guns.

  • If you own a gun, keep it stored unloaded and locked up, out of reach of children.
  • Ammunition should be stored locked in a separate place, also out of reach of children.
  • Don't let your children play in homes where you know there is a gun that is not safely stored.

Falls

Children

  • Baby Walker Falls - A common cause of injury/death in babies under 15 months is from tumbling downstairs in a baby walker. This usually happens while the baby is being watched by an adult.  Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs if there are infants or toddlers in the home.
  • Window Falls - Window falls result in death or severe injury more than any other type of fall.  Move chairs and furniture away from windows. Consider installing window guards.
  • Playground Falls - Most playground falls result in head injuries or fractures.

Older Adults

Falls are the major cause of injury and in older people. Falls can cause mild to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas. They also can increase the risk of early death. The good news is that by making a few simple changes, each person can lower their chance of a fall.

  • Begin a regular exercise program.  Check with your doctor first.
  • Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medicines
  • Have your vision checked at least once a year
  • Make your home safer.  Try to remove clutter, install grab bars, improve the lighting and wear shoes to prevent falls.