Help Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  • Buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child's height, weight, and age).
  • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets when:
    • Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle
    • Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing
    • Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard
    • Batting and running bases in baseball or softball
    • Riding a horse
    • Skiing or snowboarding.
  • Make living areas safer for seniors by:
    • Removing tripping hazards such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways
    • Using nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
    • Installing grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower
    • Installing handrails on both sides of stairways
    • Improving lighting throughout the home
    • Maintaining a regular physical activity program (if your doctor agrees) to improve lower body strength and balance.
  • Make living areas safer for children by:
    • Installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows; and
    • Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.
    • Making sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention