Posts Categorized: Injury Prevention

Use Your Head: Wear a Helmet

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June is National Safety Month, and the Injury Prevention Team wants to keep kids (and everyone else) safe on their wheels. Helmets are the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bike crashes according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Helmets should be worn when you are riding… Read more »

Why do Children Cry on Planes?

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Children on airplanes can be a frightful experience for the child, caregiver, and any nearby passenger. Additionally, the weary traveler may be over-tired, hungry, or bored. Ears can certainly be cause for crying on airplanes as well. The membrane that separates the inner ear from the outer world is sensitive to pressure differences. These changes,… Read more »

Preventing Window Falls – Window Safety Week

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It’s almost time to open the windows and let the smells of spring into our homes. This is also the time when children are excited to get back outside and discover new ways to have fun. Curiosity draws kids to windows and it only takes a second for a child to fall out of a… Read more »

Dog Bite Prevention

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As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outside, we also see an increase in the numbers of children (and adults) being bitten by dogs. The numbers begin increasing in March and the highest levels are seen in June, July and August. In 2013-14, there were 2,522 dog bites reported to the Allegheny… Read more »

Making Your Home Safe for the Entire Family

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It’s National Poison Prevention Week, so the team at the Pittsburgh Poison Center wanted to pass along some more easy tips on making your home safe for the entire family. Many types of medication packages are billed as “child-proof,” including pharmacy prescription lids. While these bottles and blister packs may be “child-resistant” and act as a… Read more »