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  • Health Awareness Series: June 2017 - Safety Tips for Teens

    June 13, 2017

    Preventable accidents are the #1 killer of teens. Here are some tips to stay safe:

    If you are old enough to drive, REMEMBER:

    • Drive at the speed limit.
    • Use a seat belt, even when in the back seat.
    • Don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. Make sure you have a backup plan if you need a ride.
    • Don’t use a cell phone to call or text messages while driving.

    Sports Safety

    •  Wear a helmet, knee pads and a mouth guard when playing contact sports or skateboarding.
    • Wear protective gear when cycling, rollerblading or riding a scooter.

    Fire Safety

    • If you use candles, make sure you blow them out when you leave the room.
    • If you know someone who smokes, remind them not to smoke in bed.

    Water Activities

    • Learn how to swim.  It is risky to go in the water if you can’t swim.
    • Swim ONLY in areas that have lifeguards. Don’t swim in areas where swimming is not allowed.
    • Never swim alone or at night.
    • Never dive into water head first without knowing first how deep the water is.
    • Always wear a life vest when you are in a boat.

    Social Media Tips for Teens

    • Do not share your password.
    • Think before you post. What might seem OK now might not be OK later.
    • Read “between the lines”. Messages may say one thing and mean something different.
    • Don’t answer messages that are mean or make you feel uncomfortable. Talk to your parents or to an adult you trust.
    • If someone you met online asks to meet you in person, talk first to your parents or to an adult you trust.
    • Be smart when you use a cell phone. All the above tips apply.

    Other Safety Tips

    • Avoid people who may have guns or knives.
    • Always have a buddy when you travel at night.
    • Avoid shortcuts that are dark or areas where no one is around.

    To learn more about injury prevention visit the New York State Department of Health site:

    Sources:, “Kids’ Rules for Online Safety”:
    TeensHealth, “Staying Safe”:
    New York State Department of Health, “Injury Prevention in New York State: Injury prevention for children”:

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