Young children will have injuries and accidents from time to time. Most will be minor, but some can be more serious. Did you know that the majority of injuries in under 5-year-olds happen at home?
Children grow and learn all the time and they can take us by surprise with a sudden breakthrough in their development. Accidents can happen very quickly when your back is turned just for a moment, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of accidental injury in your home.
Take our quiz to find out if your home is a Child Friendly Zone, along with ideas to help you make your home safer for your child.
Advice for parents during Coronavirus
Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help.
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For more information about steps you can take to make your home a Child Friendly Zone, why not complete the Home Safety Checklist with your family?
Or you can print our "Child Friendly Zone" signs and put them up in your house, to remind you of our top tips for keeping your home Child Friendly!
As we head into the summer months and the weather outside is getting warmer, outdoor trampolines can be popular.
Trampolines are a common cause of accidents however, and injuries from trampolining have increased over the last year as more of us spend time at home in the garden.
Did you know that the majority of accidents happen when two or more people are on the trampoline? Collisions when 2 or more people are bouncing can cause head injuries, or the lightest child to fall off.
It's important to read and follow the instructions, and ensure your trampoline complies with the appropriate standards for domestic trampolines.
Here are a few safety tips to help keep your kids happy, and avoid a trip to A&E:
The trampolines that we use at home are covered by the British Standard BS EN 71-14:2018. The standard doesn’t cover things like public trampolines, fitness trampolines or those incorporating additional features such as tents or basketball hoops.
When buying a trampoline, look for a model with safety pads and check that they cover the frame, hooks and springs. Also consider a trampoline with safety netting to help prevent the user from falling off the trampoline. The enclosure entrance should be big enough for an adult to access, and it must be possible to open it from the inside and outside.
Read the instructions and all the warnings displayed. These will include warnings such as the maximum weight of the user, that adult supervision is required and that no somersaults should be done on the trampoline. One warning that will be displayed, which we know is a difficult one, is that trampolines should only be used by one person at a time. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 60% of trampoline injuries occur when more than one person is using the trampoline at a time.
For more information on trampoline safety see The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Further Garden Safety advice is available from the Child Accident Prevention Trust
If you are concerned about the safety of a product, stop using it immediately, and report it to Trading Standards via 0808 223 1133.
Staying safe in the water
Young children can be fascinated by water, and swimming is great for a child's health and fitness. Here are some tips to make sure that their time in the water is fun and safe.
- Babies and small children mostly drown at home in the bath or in the garden, in just a few centimetres of water. Children should be supervised in the water at all times. Don’t rely on older children to supervise.
- It’s not just young children who are at risk. Older children and teens can get into trouble, especially while ‘wild’ swimming. Strong currents, deep water and objects lurking under the water are unlikely to be obvious.
- Don’t assume that because a child can swim, they will be safe.
- Drowning happens silently. As drowning occurs, the instinctive drowning response means that a child is unable to speak or to control their arm movements, and they slip quietly under the water – it’s a myth that they splash about, shout or scream.
- Even if you’ve taken steps to make your garden or environment safe (advice on ponds here), children have drowned after wandering into neighbouring gardens. Be mindful of this at home and on holiday.
- Empty paddling pools when they’re not in use.
Further information on drowning is available from The Child Accident Prevention Trust.
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