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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.

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Hospitals receive 'A' grade for patient safety

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

May 3, 2023

Hometown Health Blog

Smart decisions improve your winter health

Winter is beautiful, but the cold, ice and snow can be treacherous for many people. Learn how smart decisions can keep you safe — and out of the emergency department — during the winter season.

Susan Cullinan, M.D. By Susan Cullinan February 23, 2024

Farm safety first: Tips for preventing injuries during harvest

Farmers spend countless hours in combines, tractors, trucks and other equipment in fields during the harvest season. Remember a few safety practices, and pick up a new tip to avoid a severe injury.

Kyle Elliott CNP By Kyle Elliott September 25, 2023

ABCs of bleeding control

Life-threatening bleeding can happen anywhere at any time. Learning the steps you can take for swift action to stop the bleeding can make the difference between life and death.

August 24, 2023

Safety tips to prevent heat-related illness

Staying cool when temperatures soar can be difficult. Read why it's vital to know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, and get tips to prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

August 23, 2023

Household safety checklist for senior citizens

Poor lighting, loose rugs and lack of handrails in the home can lead to injuries for older adults. Follow this checklist to identify possible safety issues in or around your home or that of a loved one.

Shelly Geerdes, O.T. By Michelle Geerdes July 31, 2023

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.

Stephen Stacey DO By Stephen Stacey July 25, 2023

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 pick up some safety tips.

June 23, 2023

Tips for making safety part of your summer fun

With summer officially underway, everyone will be spending more time outdoors. No matter the activity, make sure you and your family know what it takes to stay safe. Check out these reminders.

Lori Schumacher PAC By Lori Schumacher May 31, 2023

Ouch! I've burned my hand on a hot pan — now what?

It’s easy to get a minor burn from a hot pan while cooking. Instead of relying on myths, like slathering butter on a burn, find out what you really should do. Hint: Save the butter for your toast.

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath May 16, 2023

You swallowed what? Parents' guide to keeping kids safe at home

Kids explore the world with all their senses, which can lead to injury. Use this guide to know what to do when kids do weird things with everyday items.

Jessie Wilburn, P.A.-C., M.S. By Jessie Wilburn March 31, 2023

Speak out about abuse or assault

If you or a loved one is in an abusive situation, learn about the services and support available for people affected by domestic or sexual assault.

March 28, 2023

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