Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-44. Some of the most common causes of unintentional injuries are motor vehicle crashes, falls, burns, and poisonings. Many unintentional injuries are called "accidents," but these injuries are avoidable. Some simple, safe behaviors can help prevent serious bodily injury, brain injury, and even death:
- Be a safe driver. Never drive distracted, always wear your seat belt, and obey all traffic laws. View more tips about motor vehicle safety.
- Children and adults of all ages should always wear a helmet on bicycles, skateboards, and during other wheeled sports. Helmets reduce the risk of serious brain injury by 88%. Parents should wear helmets to protect themselves and model safe behavior for children.
- Children and adults of all ages should always wear a helmet with skiing or snowboarding. Parents should wear helmets to protect themselves and model safe behavior for children.
- Be a safe pedestrian. Walk on the sidewalk, wear bright colors at night, use designated pedestrian crossings, and obey all traffic laws. Never walk distracted.
- Keep medications, cleaning products, and other poisons up high and out of the reach of children. Keep the number for Poison Control (1-800-222-1222) in an easy-to-see place by your home phone and program it into your cell phone.
- Always watch children near water. Never leave children alone in a bathtub, and always have a designated watcher at the pool.
- Make necessary modifications in your home to protect older adults from falls, such as adding grab bars in the bathrooms or additional lighting. The Denver Regional Council of Governments is a free referral service to connect Denver-metro residents with necessary fall prevention services.