These steps may help to prevent or minimize head injury:
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- Wear a helmet and make sure your kids wear helmets. Wearing an appropriate and properly fitted helmet when playing contact sports, bicycling, motorcycling, skiing, horseback riding, skating, skateboarding, snowboarding or doing any activity that could result in head injury can help prevent injury.
- Buckle your seat belt and make sure your kids are buckled in. Doing so anytime you drive or ride in a motor vehicle may prevent or minimize head damage in an accident.
- Protect young children. Always use properly fitted car seats, pad countertops and edges of tables, block stairways, tether heavy furniture or appliances to the wall to prevent tipping, and keep children from climbing on unsafe or unsteady objects.
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