The Child Safety Week 2018 action pack is available – you can download it now. It’s the essential guide for anyone who wants to get effective messages out to children and families about preventing accidents.
95% of all childhood burns and scalds happen at home. Most are caused in the day-to-day situations that many parents don’t anticipate, like children reaching for hot coffee or stepping on hair straighteners.
Button batteries are the small, round batteries you find in a growing number of toys and everyday objects like remote controls and car key fobs. They can be extremely dangerous for children if swallowed. What should you do in an emergency?
Each day around 40 under-5s are rushed to hospital after choking on something, or swallowing something dangerous. Be particularly aware of sweet items such as mini eggs around Easter time – these are exactly the same size as a toddler’s airway.
The good news is that children are at very little risk from electric shocks. Electrical sockets are designed to be safe. But electricity can be dangerous in other ways.
For young children, there is a real risk of drowning in the home or garden, including neighbours’ gardens. As they get older, the risks are associated more with children exploring and challenging themselves around water.
Cycling is a great way to keep fit and active. However, whether it’s a young child cycling in the park on his first bike, or an older child cycling to school, cycle accidents are a real risk for children and young people. You can help parents identify the risks with cycling, and help their child to manage those risks, so they can cycle more safely
Suspected poisoning is one of the most common reasons for young children to be taken to A&E. Every day, 15 young children are admitted into hospital because it’s thought they’ve swallowed something poisonous.
In-car safety can be a confusing area for parents and carers. You may find that you’re not completely clear about the law, are unsure of the safest way for a child to travel, aren’t using the most appropriate restraint or have badly fitting child car seats or booster seats which put a child at risk.
Falls are the most common cause of accidental injury to children. While most falls aren’t serious – active children often fall over – some falls can lead to death or long-term disability.
Although strangulation is sometimes picked up in the news as a ‘freak’ accident, it is not uncommon. Babies and small children reach and grab for things that catch their eye, and this includes strings, ribbons and cords. They also get tangled in cords when climbing
Safety equipment can help to create a safer environment for your child. It doesn’t replace the need for supervision, especially with younger children, but it can make protecting your child easier
Most children’s toys are actually very safe. However, every year, over 35,000 children under 15 go to A&E after tripping over, swallowing, or otherwise injuring themselves with a toy or part of a toy
Read from from the Child Accident Prevention Trust here