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Teen Health Series

Accident and Safety Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

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Accidents refer to any unintentional events—either natural or human-made—resulting in injury, disability, loss of properties, or even loss of life. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries are one of the major causes of death among children and youth in the United States. Such unintentional injuries can be caused due to various reasons, including traffic accidents, nontraffic-related motor vehicle accidents, animal/insect bites, poisoning, drowning, falls, fire and smoke exposure, power outage, natural disasters, and so on. In 2020, approximately 2,800 teenagers aged 13 to 19 were killed, and around 2,27,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. That means that about eight teenagers die in car accidents every day, and hundreds more are injured. Proper planning and appropriate safety measures can help avoid several accidents.

Accident and Safety Information for Teens, Third Edition provides adolescent readers with facts about what to do when accidents happen: when to call 911, what first aid steps can be taken, what to expect in the emergency department or hospital, and how to cope with the aftereffects of a traumatic experience. It describes serious injuries and medical emergencies, including major bleeding, burns, spinal cord injuries, brain injury, drug overdose, and so on. The book also provides information about motor vehicle safety; safety at home, school, and work; and outdoor and recreation-related safety. A separate section discusses emergency and disaster preparedness, including how to make a disaster plan, how to prepare for natural disasters, what steps to take to prepare for national security emergencies, about how people can protect themselves from the terrorism of all types. The book concludes with directories of resources for additional help and information.

Part 1: Unintentional Injury and Violence: Overview discusses teen death and injury due to violence and accidents, gives statistical information about youth violence, describes your brain on an emergency and how to cope with a traumatic experience, gives basic information on and what people should know about 911, and concludes with details on firearm violence.

Part 2: Emergency Department Visits for Common Injuries explains prevention and treatment for animal bites, stings, insect bites, bleeding, and burns, and so on. This part deals with the risk factors, and prevention of fractures and traumatic brain injury and also contains information about spinal cord injury. It concludes with the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of alcohol and opioid overdose.

Part 3: Motor Vehicle Safety describes the development of safe driving skills, the proper use of safety belts and airbags, appropriate care for tires and headlights, and the special challenges related to driving during inclement weather. Problems associated with driving in, drowsy, drunk, and drugged states, speeding, and aggressive driving are discussed, along with what one should do after a car accident.

Part 4: Safety at Home, School, and Work discusses the safety teens should be aware of at home, school, and the workplace. The chapters explain fire, electrical, and power outage safety, and the dangers of carbon monoxide. 

Part 5: Outdoor and Recreation Safety describes sports injury prevention tips and offers suggestions for avoiding dangers and being safe while bicycling, swimming, driving all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiling, skating, skateboarding, skiing, and snowboarding.

Part 6: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness describes the process of planning ahead for natural disasters and national security emergencies. It offers information about how to build a kit for disaster management and what to expect in the event of a tornado, hurricane, flood, winter storm, thunderstorm, lightning, or other incidents associated with the untamed aspects of nature. It also explains steps that can be taken to be ready to respond to human-made disasters, such as chemical accidents and acts of terrorism and bioterrorism.

Part 7: If You Need More Information includes directories of resources for additional facts about first aid, medical emergencies, and disaster preparedness.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • Approx. 400 pages per volume
  • Includes online access
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts