Preventing TBI in Children
There are many ways to reduce the chance of getting a TBI.
- Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car.
- Buckle kids in the back seat of a car using a child safety seat until the child is eight years of age and at least 4 feet 9 inches tall.
- Wear a helmet while riding bicycles, motorcycles, OHVs/ATVs, snowmobiles, and during sporting activities.
- Have your kids take the Utah ATV Rider's Education Course to learn basic safety standards for riding ATVs. In Utah, it's illegal for kids under 16 years of age to drive an ATV on public roads without this certification.
- Wear a helmet when riding a horse or participating in rodeo events.
- Install window gates and safety gates at the top of stairs to prevent young children from falling.
- Make sure playground equipment uses appropriate, shock-absorbing surfacing materials.
Need help for yourself or a loved one?
An ombudsman is an official who is designated to assist you to overcome the delay, injustice, or impersonal delivery of services. The TBI Ombudsman can help you with concerns or complaints about services, questions about your legal rights, help access appropriate sercices, and answer general questiosn about TBIs.
If you have a TBI and need help or if you have a family member with a TBI, please contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah at 800-281-8442. You may also visit our TBI Ombudsman website at http://biau.org/ombudsman.
You may also qualify to receive services from the Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Fund, including neuropsychological testing or resource facilitation services.