Thankfully events such as Child Safety Week can help bring these issues to everyone’s attention.
This year the annual campaign runs from 23-29 June and sees the Child Accident Prevention Trust highlight the risks of child accidents and offer practical advice on how they can be prevented. A range of resources to help practitioners organise and run local activities and events are provided so that safety messages can be presented to a wide audience in a fun and engaging way.
Accidents in the home
The sheer scale of child accidents is staggering. Half a million kids under the age of 4 are injured in UK homes every year. Fire is the greatest cause of accidental death as 46% of all fatal accidents to children are caused this way while 39% of the total of children’s accidents are from falling and as many as 10 children die each year from falling out of a window or off a balcony.
However, the most serious accidents in the home are caused in the kitchen. More than 30,000 children go to A&E every year with signs of poisoning, which usually occurs after ingesting domestic cleaning substances.
You can prepare for Child Safety Week by taking part in it yourself. You can receive a range of free downloadable resources to help you by signing up online and then you can start spreading the message and even help save lives.
Whether it is in your own home or visiting grandparents in their McCarthy and Stone retirement property, making sure that simple practises are put in place can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your kids safe.
35,000 children under the age of 4 years fall down the stairs each year while 3,000 injuries are caused by tripping over piles of laundry or toys that have been left on the floor.
Of course, accidents also happen outside of the home and in the mornings the journey to school also has its own dangers and potential pitfalls.
Any type of accident can be more likely to happen when everybody is in a rush, so just by being aware of the dangers everybody can make the world a safer place for children.