Keeping Kids Safe
Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Texans under the age of 44. This includes injuries sustained from motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports, firearms, poisoning, acts of self-harm, fires and drownings.
All of these are preventable. These injuries often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning.
University Hospital leads the way in promoting child and adult safety through a variety of programs – all with the goal of preventing traumatic incidents. University Hospital’s Adult & Pediatric Injury Prevention Department offers resources and programs to the community in an effort to reduce the leading causes of injury in Bexar County.
To request help with your car seat, please call 210-358-4295 for our next available appointment.
Fireproof your home:
- Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor and close to each bedroom. Test them monthly.
- Have an escape plan, with input from all family members — old and young. Each room should have two escape routes. Decide on a place outside where everyone would meet in case of fire.
Cook with care:
- Never leave food unattended on the stove.
- Prepare hot foods completely out of reach of children, and don’t let them grab or prepare foods that can burn them on their own. And know that hot soups and ramen noodles are common causes of childhood burns in our community. Don’t let children eat hot foods from containers on their lap.
Check the temperature on your water heater:
- Set the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Young children may not be able to get out of a bath that’s too hot.
Contact the Adult & Pediatric Injury Prevention Department at Injury.Prevention@uhs-sa.com or call 210-358-4295 for more information on these programs or to find out how you can get involved.
Additional prevention resources:
General Safety Resources
Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety
- Drive Now Text L8R
- Teens in the Driver Seat
Car Seats and Boosters
Sports and Recreational Safety
- Bicycle Safety
- Heads Up Concussion
- National Program for Playground Safety
- National Water Safety Program
- North American Safe Boating Campaign
Burns and Fire Safety