Facial Injuries (cont.)
There are many steps you can take to help prevent a facial injury.
- Always use car safety seats and seat belts to prevent or reduce nose and facial injuries during a car accident. Place your child in an approved child car seat when traveling in a car. Follow the manufacturer's directions for securing the seat in the car. Children should ride in the back seat for safety.
- Do not use alcohol or other drugs before participating in sports or when operating a motor vehicle or other equipment.
- Wear a helmet and other protective clothing whenever you are biking, motorcycling, skating, skateboarding, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, or rock climbing.
- Wear a mouth protector when you participate in contact sports.
- Wear a hard hat if you work in an industrial area.
- Wear safety glasses, goggles, or face shields when you work with power tools or when you do an activity that might cause an object to fly into your face.
- Do not dive into shallow or unfamiliar water.
- Prevent falls in your home by removing hazards that might cause a fall.
- Do not keep guns in your home. If you must keep guns, lock them up and store them unloaded and uncocked. Lock ammunition in a separate area.
You can take steps to help reduce your young child's risk of facial injury.
- Never leave your child unattended in a high place, such as on a tabletop; in a crib with the sides down; on elevated porches, decks, and landings; or even on a bed or sofa.
- Do not leave your child alone in any infant seat or sitting toy, such as a swing or jumper. Use all of the safety straps provided.
- Use stair gates to block stairways. Use gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, and use the gates properly.
- Do not use baby walkers. Baby walkers have caused many injuries and are not safe even if the baby is watched closely.
- Watch your child when he or she is outside. Uneven grass, sloping lawns, and hills may be hard for your child to walk on.
- Make your home safe from falls by removing hazards that might cause a fall, such as throw rugs.
- Place your child in an approved child car seat when traveling in a car. Follow the manufacturer's directions for securing the seat in the car. Children should ride in the back seat for safety.
- Have your children wear helmets when necessary, such as when they are passengers on a bike or are riding a tricycle or bicycle on their own.