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Safety

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.

In The News

Five hospitals receive ‘A’ grade for hospital patient safety

Hospitals in Eau Claire, Fairmont, La Crosse, Mankato and Red Wing are being recognized with an A grade — the best possible — by The Leapfrog Group.

November 10, 2021
Six Mayo Clinic hospitals receive ‘A’ grades for patient safety

The score is based on 15 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, combined with 12 additional self-reported survey answers, to produce a single patient safety score.

April 29, 2021

From The Blog

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How to avoid winter slips and falls

Midwest winters can be beautiful, but ice and snow increase your risk of falling. Follow these tips to keep upright and avoid injury.

Brittni Lair PA By Brittni Lair January 6, 2022
Bow hunting from tree

Aim for a safe, healthy hunting season

Whether you're stalking game, carrying on family tradition or enjoy being outdoors, don't let an accident or injury spoil the hunt. Learn how to aim for a safe hunting season.

Eric Grube DO By Eric Grube October 25, 2021
Farmer in tractor cab

Farm safety tips and reminders

During harvest season, it’s important for people involved in agriculture to remember a few safety practices and pick up a new tip or two, which can help avoid serious accidents.

David McAlpine MD By David McAlpine October 19, 2021
Mom putting sunscreen on girl

3 sun safety reminders

Skin cancer is among the most common and preventable types of cancer. Learn how to protect your skin from the sun while you enjoy summer.

Graham King MD By Graham King August 6, 2021
Two kids fastening life jackets

Boating this summer? Make safety your top priority

Boating can create lifelong memories. Regardless of the type of boat you’re on, remember these basic safety rules for a day on the water.

Jason WrayRaabolle MD By Jason Wray-Raabolle June 30, 2021
Fireworks against dark blue sky

Use caution with fireworks

Independence Day has been celebrated with firework displays since the 1770s. Find out why you need to use extreme caution while using fireworks, and get safety tips.

Kim Schutterle MD By Kim Schutterle June 29, 2021
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Get healthy, stay safe outside in spring

Spring is a wonderful time to get outside and be active. Here's some tips to ensure your family is safe while enjoying the outdoors.

Aicha Katty NP By Aicha Katty April 9, 2021
Snowshoeing on sunny day

Top 10 essentials to pack for your outdoor winter adventure

Activities outdoors in winter can be enjoyable and exhilarating, but also include some risk. Before you go out, here are some things to consider to ensure your venture is fun and safe.

Sissy Yang NP By Sissy Yang January 11, 2021
Man with Santa hat putting up holiday or Christmas lights on house

Decorating safety: Don't be Clark Griswold this holiday season

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a classic holiday movie, but Clark Griswold’s decorating tactics throw safety out the window. Skip a trip to the Emergency Department this holiday season with these safety tips.

David McAlpine MD By David McAlpine November 18, 2020
Hunter silhouette on sunset

Plan for COVID-19 safety during annual hunting seasons

You might want to forget about the COVID-19 pandemic and embrace hunting traditions in the same way you always have, but it's crucial to consider a different approach. These tips can help lower your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 during hunting season.

Joshua Balts, M.D. By Joshua Balts November 9, 2020
Woman wiping her forehead because she is overheated

When temps rise, remember these heatstroke prevention tips

The weather forecast is calling for hot and humid days ahead. Follow these steps to keep cool and prevent heatstroke.

Marie Morris MD By Marie Morris July 9, 2020
First aid kit

Should super glue be in your first-aid kit?

Super glue has a track record of fixing broken things. But what happens when that broken thing is you? Could you use super glue on yourself?

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath June 3, 2020