This week marks Child Safety Week in the UK.
On average half of under fives attend A&E every year following an accident that could have been avoided, and at least one child dies every week as a result of an accident, with over 75 per cent of these accidents occurring in the home.
With that in mind we’ve come up with a few top tips to keep your children safe.
Mind the gaps
Each day, around 45 toddlers are taken into hospital because they’ve had a serious fall. Whilst your toddler is exploring their surroundings with their new found ability to crawl or walk, they can easily slip through gaps or open spaces.
Falls can damage a child’s brain as well as their body so make sure you close the safety gate each time you go up and down the stairs and fit window locks so your windows won’t open too wide.
Don’t feel the burn
Children’s skin is much thinner than adults’ skin and therefore they are much more susceptible to scalding from water that is too hot, and burning from any household appliances that get hot.
Similarly with the weather finally starting to cheer up we all need to be aware of the danger that too much sun can pose to children. Their delicate skin is much more sensitive to burning in the sun and the risk of heat stroke is higher than with adults. Make sure you invest in a high factor sun cream for your little ones as well as making sure they wear hats. If possible make sure they have plenty of time in the shade and always be sure to keep them hydrated. There’s nothing like a sun burnt and poorly child to put a dampener a family holiday.
Beady eyed bathtimes
It’s a sad fact that whilst bathtime is fun for most children, it can also present a serious hazard.
Water is a danger for young children as babies can drown in up to only three centimetres of water and it can happen very quickly. Make sure you are always paying attention to your child. Although bath seats may seem like a great way to be hands free whilst bathing your little ones they can also provide a false sense of security. Never let yourself be tempted to answer the phone or the door whilst your baby is in the bath unless you have another adult on hand that can take over supervising your baby.
Carbon monoxide kills
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and deadly gas that can be emitted from any gas appliance in your home. Children are most at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are very hard to spot as they often present much like the flu so it is vital that you have an alarm fitted in your home to protect you and your little ones.
Read more on how to spot the signs of carbon monoxide here.
Children are so inquisitive especially in their early years. The main way they explore the world is through their mouths. They will pick up anything they can and put it in their mouth. This goes for anything – food, soft furnishings and little bits that can very quickly become a choking hazard, so ensure loose items in the home are tidied away and out of reach.