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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.


Community Education
Owatonna, MN In Person

Join Mayo Clinic Health System and community partners for an evening of education and fun to prepare your family for summer. Activities and topics geared toward children ages 3–12 include water safety, fire safety, Change to Chill program, car seat clinic, children identification kits, K-9 unit demonstration, bicycle obstacle course and more.

This community event is hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters; Center for Family Unity; Community Education; Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service; Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health; Allina Health - Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Owatonna Parks and Recreation; Owatonna Police and Fire Department; Owatonna Public Library; Owatonna Public Utilities; United Way of Steele County, Steele County Public Health; Steele County Sheriff's Office; Steele County Coalition for Healthy Youth; and Steele County Free Fair.

In The News

Hospitals receive 'A' grade for patient safety

Multiple hospitals received the highest patient safety marks from The Leapfrog Group.

November 16, 2022

From The Blog

Make this spring a safe one

Spring has sprung. And with warmer weather comes time outdoors after a long winter. Remember these safety tips as you resume yardwork and clear clutter with spring cleaning.

Sandy Dahl, P.A. By Sandy Dahl March 20, 2023

Tips for safe snow shoveling

Snow shoveling can be great winter exercise. But to avoid injury, it's important to do it correctly. Try these tips as you tackle snowy driveways and sidewalks.

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath March 10, 2023

Staying safe while on a run

You've got a training plan and gear for your distance run, but don't forget about staying safe. Here's how to keep visible, prevent injury and summon help if you need it.

March 1, 2023

Top 10 essentials for your winter adventure

Exercise, stress relief and restorative time in nature are just some of the benefits of an outdoor adventure. But winter adds extra challenges, so prepare before you head out.

Lynsi Romportl NP By Lynsi Romportl January 9, 2023

Walk like a penguin: Keeping your winter balance

Slippery sidewalks and icy streets call for strategies to stay safe when walking in the winter. To keep your balance, try these techniques.

Kariline Bringe MD By Kariline Bringe January 5, 2023

Watch out for winter mishaps

Winter is beautiful, but it does come with risks. Take steps to prevent falls, hypothermia, frostbite and more so you can remain in good health and enjoy the splendor of the season.

Lori Schumacher PAC By Lori Schumacher December 8, 2022

Don't let unsafe toys spoil holiday fun

Buying toys for those special children in your life is a cherished part of the holidays. These tips can help you choose toys that are safe.

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath December 8, 2022

8 tips for keeping children safe during the holidays

The holidays are magical time of the year. Make sure your children or young guests are kept safe with these helpful tips.

Peter Reisner, M.D. By Peter Reisner November 30, 2022

5 sneaky Halloween costume health concerns

Goblins and ghosts and candy, oh my! Halloween fun starts with a great costume. Follow five simple safety tips to avoid a costume catastrophe.

Jessica Sosso MD By Jessica Sosso October 21, 2022

Aim for safety in your tree stand

Each year, 3,000 to 4,000 people in the U.S. are injured after falling out of a tree stand. Get practical tips for hunting season prep and while climbing to lower the risk of a significant injury.

David Ciresi, M.D. By David Ciresi October 7, 2022

Think safety in fall as weather changes

Autumn brings cooler nights and changing colors on the trees. Kids are back in school, days become shorter and winter planning begins. Enjoy autumn safely with these tips.

Alexandro Vasquez, D.N.P. By Alexandro Vasquez September 16, 2022

When temps rise, remember these heatstroke prevention tips

When the weather forecast calls for hot and humid days ahead, follow these steps to keep cool and prevent heatstroke.

June 14, 2022