This week marks Family Safety Week in the UK. The focus of this year’s campaign is on safety for those under five years old.
On average half of under fives attend A&E every year following an accident that didn’t need to happen. And every week at least one child dies as a result of an accident, with over 75 per cent of those accidents occurring in the home.
With that in mind we’ve come up with a few top tips to keep your young family safe.
Play it safe
It might seem like a strange thing to say because of course you play with your children. But this is how they learn. We need to be vigilant with our little ones even when they are in a safe and playful environment. By making sure that you play with your children you can pick up on any potentially dangerous behaviour and nip it in the bud before it causes any problems.
Beady eyed bathtimes
It’s a sad fact that whilst bathtime is fun for most children, it can also present a serious hazard. Babies’ skin is much thinner than adults’ and therefore they are much more susceptible to scalding from water that is too hot.
Water in itself is a danger for young children as babies can drown up only 3 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 and the elderly 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 your whole family.
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.
Not only this but children do have a habit of trying to pick things up that are in their reach, no matter how sharp or heavy and these things are, and therefore they pose a risk of serious injury.