An estimated 90 percent of all childhood injuries are preventable. Follow these tips to protect your child from cuts and wounds.

Keep knives, box cutters, nails, scissors, and tools in locked drawers or cabinets out of children's reach.

Watch your child on the playground at all times. Avoid ones without protective mats under and around equipment.

Dress your child in sturdy shoes and pants during active play.

Make sure your child wears a protective helmet when she rides her bike, even if it's just around the block.

Teach your child to wear appropriate safety gear when he in-line skates or plays school sports.

Never allow children to ride a bike, roller-skate, or skateboard after dark.

Install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs if you have an infant or toddler.

Post numbers for hospitals, doctors, and emergency services near the phone.

Copyright Kathleen Ewald.

Parents Magazine