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Bike helmets. Cabinet locks. Car seats. The infamous five-second rule. Safety for your family and around the house revolves mostly around common sense, but it helps when you have access to experts to make the connection between the two. Mayo Clinic Health System experts can help you make safety second nature around your house.

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Toy safety: Keep kids safe from toxins and injury during the holidays

The holidays are here, and toys are a great way for children to learn and become good problem solvers. Sometimes, though, our good intent can lead to a child being cut, bruised, poisoned, shocked, suffocated or choked by unsafe toys.

Renee Breland NP By Renee Breland December 14, 2017

Tips to keep your Halloween safe

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and everyone is preparing for the big night of costumes, pumpkins and candy. With so much time and energy going into the planning of this night, we often get so excited that we end up forgetting about simple safety.

Kim Schutterle MD By Kim Schutterle October 24, 2017

Think safety in fall as weather changes

Nights are getting cooler, and the trees are starting to change colors as autumn begins. With it, routines change because the kids go back to school, the days get shorter and we start planning for winter. Think about these things as you enjoy the cooler temperatures and vibrant colors.

Alexandro Vasquez, D.N.P. By Alexandro Vasquez September 19, 2017

Household safety checklist for senior citizens

Each year, many senior citizens are injured in or around their homes. The following is a checklist to identify possible safety problems in or around your home that you may want to fix.

Michelle Geerdes OT By Michelle Geerdes September 19, 2017

Adaptive equipment: Support at home for those in need

When a loved one's abilities change based on a medical condition, you may need to consider adaptive equipment. Adaptive equipment supports those in need and helps keep everyone in the home safe.

Carla Kes OTR By Carla Kes August 8, 2017

4 summer food safety tips

Foodborne illness peaks in the summer, and more people are cooking outside without the safety controls of a kitchen. Four simple steps can help you avoid getting sick.

Katy Anthony MSPAS PAC By Katy Anthony July 26, 2017

Make this spring a safe one

Spring has sprung! Well, at least it is trying. Spring in the Midwest is lovely, but it is important that we keep safety in mind as the weather warms and we resume outdoor activities. Nothing can ruin a beautiful spring day like an accident, so keep these tips in mind as you head out.

Sandy Dahl, P.A. By Sandy Dahl April 28, 2017

Top 10 essentials to pack for your outdoor winter adventure

Venturing outdoors for recreation during winter months can be an exhilarating, if a little chilly, experience. While this can be fun, the nature of the outdoors in winter adds extra challenge and danger to be weary of.

Doug Larsen PA By Doug Larsen February 23, 2017

5 sneaky Halloween costume health concerns

Halloween fun all starts with a great costume. However, parents often make a few common mistakes when choosing their child’s costume. At Mayo Clinic Health System, we really want everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween night. Parents can help their children stay safe and avoid a hospital visit by following a few simple rules when choosing costumes. 

Nicholas Cooley MD By Nicholas Cooley October 28, 2016

6 tips for flood water safety

Recent weather has produced intense rainfalls and flooding in the Midwest. Subsequently, these rainfalls have resulted in many areas and basements playing host to standing flood water. Though most flood water eventually evaporates or is removed, these water accumulations can pose significant health and safety risks.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy September 26, 2016

Farm safety tips and reminders

In anticipation of the upcoming harvest season, it’s important for those in the farming community to be well prepared and safe. Long hours, powerful machinery and isolated jobs all make the risk of farm-related injuries, which can often be fatal, quite high. However, remembering a few dependable safety practices and picking up a new tip or two can help you avoid a serious accident.

August 30, 2016

This Fourth of July, leave fireworks to the pros

Thousands of accidents each year underscore the danger of fireworks. In 2014, 11 people died and an estimated 10,500 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. Statistics show the typical victim of a firework injury is a 25- to 44-year-old male. Here's why you should leave fireworks to the professionals.

Douglas Wesely OD By Douglas Wesely June 28, 2016