Safety and Prevention
Risk Factors for Suicide
Suicide is highly complex and cannot be attributed to a single cause. A combination of health, environmental and historical factors contribute to the risk, but are not necessarily direct causes. Read to learn about some of the more common risk factors for suicide.
Warning Signs of Suicide and Ways to Get Help
Studies suggest that the majority of people who die by suicide give warning signs beforehand, but they're not always obvious. Learn what these signs look like in teens and how to get them the help that they need.
How Long Should My Child Ride Rear-Facing?
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that keeping children in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible—until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat—is the best way to keep them safe. Learn more from our Injury Prevention Specialists on the benefits that support this.
4 Things Parents Need to Know About Medications and the Summer Heat
The summer heat can change the effectiveness of some medications, and other drugs can magnify the sun's effects. Read further how the sun can impact medicine and what can be done to prevent it.
Fireworks Safety Tips
While watching the professionals is the safest option for enjoying fireworks, you can help prevent at-home fireworks injuries by following these safety tips
How to Read A Sunscreen Label
There are so many sunscreens on the market! Learn how to read the label and choose the right one for your family with the following tips.
Helmets 101: A Parent’s Guide
Apart from the automobile, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product, including trampolines, ladders and swimming pools. The good news is, if your child is wearing a properly fitted helmet, their chances of sustaining a traumatic brain injury go down by almost 90%.
Prevent Vehicle-Related Heatstroke: Remember to A.C.T.
Prevent vehicle-related heatstroke - remember to A.C.T. it could save a child's life.
12 Tips to Protect Your Family’s Skin This Summer
Sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Follow these sun safety tips to help protect your child's skin this summer.
Medication Disposal: What is the Safest Way to Get Rid of Unused and Expired Medicine?
It is important to dispose of unused and expired medicines safely to help avoid accidental exposures and to prevent teen drug abuse. Review four options to do this, as different medications may need different disposal procedures.
Online and Mobile App Safety: Tips for Parents of Tweens and Teens
Learn five things parents can do to talk to tweens and teens about online and mobile app safety in a way that is less painful and more helpful for both the parent and the child.
Teens and Drug & Alcohol Abuse: Tips to Help Prevent It
Teens have a tremendous amount of stress in their lives. Schoolwork, sports, and part time jobs all add up. Some may turn to drug and/or alcohol as a way to cope. Read tips on how to prevent drug & alcohol abuse.
Tips for Teaching Children About Body Safety
Having conversations early and often about body safety can make a dramatic difference on kids' safety and development. A child psychologist offers a few tips to get the conversation started.
Quiz: Reasons to Call the Drug & Poison Information Center
No one intends for an accident to happen! Keep the Drug & Poison Info Center number handy to save time in an emergency. Our poison prevention specialists can help you decide next steps to take when there is an accidental exposure. Review this quiz to see the types of questions our call center typically answers.
Parents: Talk to Your Teens About the Dangers of Nicotine Toothpicks
There is a new nicotine product parents need to be aware of: nicotine toothpicks. While cigarette use is down among teens, these alternate forms of nicotine consumption are increasing at an alarming rate. Learn about nicotine toothpicks so that you can talk to your teens about them:
4 Must-Know Facts About Marijuana Edibles
Marijuana edibles are food products that contain marijuana. Learn about the dangers these products can pose related to accidental ingestion.
Cold Weather Car Safety Seat Reminders
Cold weather gear and car safety seats don't go well together. Puffy coats and snowsuits are too bulky to allow straps to get tight enough. Learn how to buckle your baby and kids safely in cold weather.
Winter Sports Injuries: What You Need to Know
These safety tips can help protect your kids from common winter sports injuries associated with skiing, snowboarding and sledding.
How Long Do Kids Need Booster Seats?
Children should remain in booster seats based of your state's recommended height, weight, and age. Read more about these requirements.
Parents: Beware of Button Batteries During the Holidays
This is the time of year when Karla, Emmett's mom, steps up her button battery awareness into high gear. Since Emmett swallowed one 8 years ago, he's had 68 surgical procedures. Read how dangerous button batteries are and what types of holiday items they're in.