Safety

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Safety Checklist for Parents

You can help keep your children safe by following these precautions.

A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bicycle, In-Line Skating, Skateboarding Safety--Prevention

Skateboards should never be used on surface streets. Your child should wear protective gear such as helmets, padding, and closed-toe and slip-resistant shoes.

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.

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.

Car Safety

Detailed information on car safety

Cheerleading Safety

A safe cheerleading program will include direct adult supervision, proper conditioning, skills training and warm-up exercises.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do I Really Need a Fire Extinguisher?

Do You Have a Family Disaster Plan?

Your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter is a great place to start.

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.

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.

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.

Fire Safety

Detailed information on fire and burn safety

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