Thursday, December 28, 2006

Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Tips

Tips for preventing spinal cord injuries:

  • Always wear a seat belt. Secure or buckle children into age- and weight-appropriate child safety seats.

  • Do not ride in a car with a driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs.

  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, motorcycle, scooter or skateboard, in-line skating and roller-skating and horseback riding.

  • Make sure the water is deep enough before you go in headfirst. Entering feet first is safer than diving.

  • Place non-slip mats and install grab bars in your bathtub.

  • Secure banisters and handrails on your stairwell, and use safety gates at the bottom and top of the stairs when young children are around.

Source: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation