Falls are the most common cause of accidental injury to children in the home, accounting for 45% of all hospital admissions for childhood injury. Indeed, home is where most falls in childhood happen.
While most falls aren't serious - active children will often fall over - some falls can be more serious, leading to death or long-term disability. So it's important to know about the simple things that you can do prevent serious falls in the home.
You can keep your home child friendly by:
- Keeping toys and clutter off the floor and stairs so there is nothing to trip over
- Fitting safety gates so that young children can’t access the stairs
- Fitting window catches so that they can’t fall out of the window
- Moving furniture away from windows – for those children who love to climb!
- Fitting soft corners to tables, fire hearths, and other sharp corners around the home
- Strapping your child into their highchair every time they use it, no matter how short a time they'll stay in it
- Using impact-absorbent surfaces (such as bark chips) in garden play areas.
The following video demonstrates how easy it is for a child to fall from a high window with no locks:
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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.
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