A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away
You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.
Be in the Know When on the Go in Winter
If you live in an area where winter brings snow, slush and ice, the best advice about driving in these conditions is not to. But if you must venture out, be prepared.
Home trampolines are popular and seem like lots of fun, but they’re also dangerous. They cause thousands of injuries every year in the U.S.
Preventing Broken Bones
Bones are tough and resilient, but if you push them hard enough—if you fall on a hard surface, for instance—they can crack or break.
Be Careful With Kitchen Knives
With a few cutting-edge tips from experts who use knives for a living -- top chefs -- you can avoid the biggest danger of kitchen work.
Do I Really Need a Fire Extinguisher?
Hand Tool Safety
Although hand tools do not pose the same lethal threat as some power tools, they are still a factor in a high number of accidents each year.
Protect Your Eyes When Jump-Starting a Car
Auto battery accidents cause many Americans to lose their sight or suffer serious eye injuries.
A Safety Checklist for Parents
You can help keep your children safe by following these precautions.
Is It Too Hot To Trot?
If you're not careful, you could wind up with a case of heat exhaustion just as easily as the couch potato next door, no matter how fit you might be.
Myths and Tips About Dressing for Winter
Here are some misconceptions about the cold, and some suggestions for staying toasty this winter.
House Fires: Don't Underestimate Them
How Older Adults Can Prevent Hypothermia
Age lowers your ability to endure long periods of cold. You're also at risk if your response to cold is impaired by certain illnesses or medications.
Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game
The sports that cause the most injuries are basketball, baseball, pool sports and racket sports. But any sport that involves a projectile is considered hazardous to the eyes.
Follow the Road to Safety
Exercising outdoors can be fun and enjoyable, but you should keep personal safety in mind before you head out the door.
Air Bags and Kids
A car with an air bag is considered safer than a car without one. But for children under 12 years old, air bags can be dangerous.
A Primer for Preschooler Safety
Your little ones can learn a lot about safety if you take some time to teach them. Here's an ABC that you and your children can recite together.
Avoid Injury Around Barbecue Grills
Because barbecue grills are operated in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, they tend to be taken for granted. And that can lead to serious injury.
Ceramics: Pretty, and Maybe Poisonous
Certain ceramics may cause lead poisoning, and some may leach cadmium into food and drink.
Play It Safe With Kitchen Fires
Most fires in the home start in the kitchen, and kitchen fires can quickly turn serious.
Play It Cool in the Hot Tub
What's more relaxing that a good soak in a hot tub? Hot water sure makes you feel great, but hot tubs and whirlpools can sometimes be dangerous -- and even deadly.
Time to Fertilize? Wait a Minute!
In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Infection
The kitchen is the "dirtiest" room in the house, according to a recent study, because people are less likely to use strong cleaners and disinfectants in that room.
Contact Lens Safety Tips
If you wear contact lenses, it's important to follow your eye care provider's instructions on wearing and disinfecting them.
Sports Eye Safety Is No Game
Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable.
Street Hockey: Good Surface, Gear Are Critical
Street hockey is popular because it's cheaper than regular hockey and can be played anywhere there is a hard surface.
Safety Precautions for Kids in Cars
Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of childhood death in the United States. But when properly installed and used, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 70 percent for infants and 55 percent for toddlers.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Detailed information on car safety
Kids Need Safety Gear for In-line Skating
Having your child wear the appropriate safety gear and use common sense when skating can help reduce the risk for injury.
Help Your Back Work for You
Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won't realize that until you hurt it.
How to Map Out a Safe Vacation
By thinking ahead and planning for your vacation before you go, the only surprises you'll encounter are the nice ones.
Protecting Your Child from Sports Injuries
Most children depend on recreational and school sports for exercise and fun. But too many young athletes suffer needless injuries.
Preventing Household Poisonings
Here are tips to help prevent poisoning in your home.
Safety Checklist: How Does Your Family Rate?
Keeping your family safe and sound can be as easy as following simple safety rules consistently. Here's a checklist from the National Safety Council can help you maintain essential safety precautions.
Essential Guidelines for Fireworks Safety
It's best to let the professionals handle the fireworks displays. If you plan to celebrate the holiday with your own fireworks, these precautions can help prevent injuries.
Handling Hazardous Materials at Home
Many common household products contain chemicals that can cause injury or death if they are handled, stored or used improperly.
Protect Your Hearing on the Job
If you think you don't need hearing protection at work because you're used to the steady roar of equipment or trucks, damage has already begun.
How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe
Here are tips on the basics of child safety.
Make Sure Bunk Beds Meet Safety Rules
The bed should meet federal requirements to keep your kids safe. It's also important to set guidelines for your kids on how to use the bunk bed.
Hazardous Substances Demand Your Respect
Depending where you work and the substances you handle, you may be at risk of accidental poisonings, chemical burns or suffocation. Knowing and following the right precautions can help keep you safe.
Bike-Helmet Safety Smarts
Whether on an adult or a child, a helmet that has been approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and fits correctly will cushion the head in a fall and protect it from impact with other objects.
Buying Guidelines for Safe and Fun Toys
Toy-related injuries send tens of thousands of children to the emergency room each year. Most injuries occur when parents give their children toys meant for older children.
Older Adults: Preventing Falls
Every year, millions of adults fall, leading to injuries and emergency room visits. Many of these falls and injuries can be prevented.
Water-Safety 101: Basic Guidelines
Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed in boating and swimming accidents.
Unwrap the Gift of Toy Safety
Your challenge is to find toys that your children will enjoy and that you know are safe.
Have a Hazard-Free Halloween
Halloween safety begins at home, with the child's costume. Every part of the costume -- masks, beards, wigs and clothing -- should be made of flame-resistant material.
Five Steps to a Safer Kitchen
Your kitchen is a hub for family life -- but it's also rife with risks. While you can't foresee every hazard, you can make the room safer.
Beware of Over-the-Counter Contact Lenses
Contacts that aren't properly prescribed and cared for can lead to allergic reactions, bacterial infections, corneal ulcers, and corneal scrapes. Some problems can end in blindness.
A Heads-Up for Football Safety
Coaches should tell players not to tackle or block with their heads or run head-down with the ball.
Many biking accidents could be prevented if riders protected themselves with the right equipment and maintained their bikes with safety in mind.
Steer Clear of Sports Supplements
Youths see their sports heroes using what seem to be magic potions, and they want to do it, too.
Protect Your Child from Medical Errors
A medical error can occur when something that was planned for medical care doesn't work, or when the wrong plan was used in the first place.
Preventing Falls One Step at a Time
Although it's impossible to prevent all falls, you can help keep yourself safe by improving your balance and employing "fall-proofing" behaviors.
Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens
A common ingredient in many cough and cold remedies has become a popular substance to abuse by teenagers searching for a cheap, easy high.
When and How to Stop Antidepressant Medication
Deciding when and how to stop taking several popular antidepressants is something you should always discuss with your health care provider.
For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants
These drugs take time to be effective. It may take weeks to know if one is helping you.
Stay Awake Behind the Wheel
When you're behind the wheel, you may believe that you can stop yourself from falling asleep, but you can’t. You may not even know you’ve dozed off.
Primer: GHB, the Club Drug
On the street, GHB is used for is ability to produce a feeling of euphoria and hallucinations.
Toss Your Baby Walker, Pediatricians Say
Walkers can cause children to roll down stairs, causing head injuries and even death. This is the most common way children get hurt in walkers.
Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?
Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.
Keep Kids Safe During Yard Work
Power tools make yard work easier, from mowing the lawn to trimming the bushes. These tools, however, also pose a threat to children if precautions aren't taken.
Steroids, Sterols, Anabolic Steroids, and Corticosteroids: What's the Difference?
Steroids are important compounds used in medicine, but people often misunderstand what they are.
Clinical Trials: Should You Participate?
Being involved in a clinical trial has risks and benefits. Being informed and asking lots of questions can help you make a decision.
What to Do If You Have to Evacuate Your Home
Consider in advance what kinds of disasters might strike your area. Do you live in an earthquake zone? Is flooding a possibility? Then think about what you’ll do in an emergency.
Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer
Although concussions range from mild to severe, they're all serious injuries that can harm the way the brain works.
Take Care With Nasal Sprays
A medicated nasal decongestant spray may offer fast relief when your nose is congested and running. It can reduce swelling and clear mucus from your nasal passages quickly.
For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat
After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature -- especially heat -- as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Stop Dating Abuse Before It Starts
Although teen dating violence is worrisome, it's not inevitable. You and your teen can avoid potentially perilous situations and reduce the risk for problems.
Primer: Smokeless Tobacco
Many people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. Just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe.
All About Child Passenger Safety
Installing your child's car seat properly and using it every time your son or daughter rides in the car is one of the best ways to help keep him or her safe in case of an accident.
Recognizing a Partner's Emotional Abuse
Physical violence is just one form of domestic abuse. If you have a partner who verbally humiliates you, demands all your attention, blames you for everything that goes wrong or threatens to harm you or your children, you’re also being abused.
A safe cheerleading program will include direct adult supervision, proper conditioning, skills training and warm-up exercises.
What Are the Health Effects of Air Pollution?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks five major air pollutants that cause significant health effects: ground-level ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide and microscopic particles called particulate matter.
ADHD Drugs Safe, Experts Say
Parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face a tough choice: whether to medicate their children or not.
How to Safely Choose OTC Medications
Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and pain relievers, laxatives, and headache remedies may treat different conditions, but they all have one thing in common: They’re serious medicines that need to be taken with care.
Prescription Drug Addiction
Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.
Is Your Medication Working for You?
Prescription drugs can enhance your life, but when not used correctly, they may have the opposite effect.
Use Your Medications Wisely
Although most medications are safe when you take them the right way, some drugs can cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, bleeding, irregular heartbeats, and other side effects in some cases.
5 Key Mistakes Parents Make With Car Seats
Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that three out of four children too small for seatbelts are incorrectly restrained in car seats or booster seats.
5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook
For safety's sake, look through your home often. Keep an eye out for not-so-obvious hazards.
What to Look for on OTC Drug Labels
Always read the label. All OTC medicine labels have detailed usage and warning information to help you choose and use the products.
Home Remedies: What Works? What Doesn’t?
Can cranberry juice help prevent a urinary tract infection? How about cucumbers for puffy eyes? Read on to find out more about home remedies.
Driving Defensively: Rules of the Road
No matter how good a driver you are, high speeds or impaired or careless driving by others can place you in danger.
Do You Have a Family Disaster Plan?
Your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter is a great place to start.
Stay Safe When You’re In the Hospital
Being active and involved in care decisions and taking extra precautions to avoid infection when in a hospital can help keep you and your family safe.
About Balance and Safety
A balance disorder is a disturbance of the inner ear that can make you feel unsteady or like you’re moving or spinning.
A Common Plastic Comes Under Scrutiny
Polycarbonate plastic is durable, impact-resistant, and clear. It is widely used in food and beverage containers, but research has raised concerns over its health effects.
Putting Disease Risk into Perspective
The way we gauge the peril a given disorder poses is called risk perception.
Parents: Check Toys for Lead
If you have toys that have been recalled, don’t throw them out. Take them back to the store where they came from.
Installing and Using Child Safety Seats and Booster Seats
As part of your preparation for your new baby, you probably got an infant safety seat for the car. But do you know how to make sure it’s installed properly? And when do you switch to a child safety seat? Learn the ins and outs of safe car travel for your little one.
How Safe is Nonstick Cookware?
No research has shown that your blood level of PFOA will go up from using Teflon-coated cookware, but here are some things you should know before you decide to use it.
Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope
Bullying is intentional tormenting that can be physical, social, or psychological. Hitting, shoving, threatening, shunning, and spreading rumors can all be forms of bullying.
Kids who experience bullying can become depressed, develop low self-esteem, avoid school, feel physically ill, and even think about killing themselves.
Your Toddler: Moving from Crib to Bed
Moving your child from the crib to a first bed is a milestone event. But more than the bittersweet emotional concerns, your priorities will be safety and a healthy sleep routine.
OTC Medications: Understanding the Risks
Just because over-the-counter medications are readily available doesn’t mean you don’t need to follow an OTC drug’s directions carefully.
Teenagers and Summer Jobs
Keeping Bullying and Violence Out of Schools
Job Safety Critical for Teens
Farming seems to be the most dangerous job. Teens also get hurt in restaurants, supermarkets, retail stores, and other places where they find after-school and summer work.
In the Campground: Staying Safe
Planning ahead and being safety-conscious while in the wild can keep everyone safe and secure. Here are suggestions from the U.S. Forest Service and the American Red Cross.
A Q&A on E-Cigarettes
More people are lighting up with electronic cigarettes. Unlike regular cigarettes, these devices deliver nicotine without all the smoke. But are they safer? This Q&A explains what’s known about e-cigarettes.