HOW TO BY STEPHANIE THURROTT Be prepared, not worried. HOW TO AVOID AN EMERGENCY 40 FA L L 2017 Watch little ones Most parents are vigilant about childproofing the house with their first baby. But often, the second baby is mobile around the time PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK Accidents happen. But not all of them have to. Here's how to steer clear of common causes of emergency department visits Take it from an expert: While there's always the chance that the unforeseen might happen, plenty of emergencies are avoidable. Roneet Lev, MD, an emergency medicine physician and the president of the Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium, sees common circumstances in many emergency department visits. She offers steps to help keep you and your family safe.