Child Safety Week takes place between 4th and 10th of June. and run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT.)
Their aim is to reduce ‘the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in preventable accidents’. This year’s theme is ‘Safe Children- together we’ve got this!’. This theme harbours hope and togetherness and encourages us not to stand alone but to support and work with each other to make a difference.
It’s easy for parents to feel alone and overwhelmed with the challenge of keeping their children safe. Around every corner are dangers which threaten childrens lives. However, Child Safety Week aims to spread awareness of these dangers. Supporting parents in becoming confident, effective and empowered to prevent and stop them.
Here’s some top tips for keeping your children safe!
‘Accidents are a leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children and young people in the UK’.
- Did you know a baby can drown in as little as 5 cm of water? Never leave a baby or young person alone in water whether they’re in a bath, near a pond, a paddling pool or at the beach. A good time doesn’t have to end in injury or death.
- Button batteries are deadly if swallowed and can cause severe injury and in many cases death. Many objects contain these batteries. These include fidget spinners, small remote controls, calculators, musical cards, novelty toys and watches. Keep them out of reach or monitor your child’s use.
- Fires can spread fast. Make sure you regularly check your smoke alarms. Also, ensure your children know and agree the quickest exit routes out of the house in the event of fire. You can also prevent fires by keeping any accelerants out of reach.
- Unlike adults, children cannot judge the speed and distance of cars. Therefore, it’s important you don’t dash across roads. Set a role model example by following and teaching your children the ‘Green Cross Code’.
- ‘Six toddlers are admitted to hospital every day because they’ve been badly burned’. The reflex to pull away from something hot may seem obvious and instant to us. We do it without even blinking. However, it’s something our mind and body learn as we grow so the risk of burns and scalds are high for young children. Cooking, hot baths, hair straighteners, internal burns from button batteries and fires and heaters are all potential burn hazards in family homes.
- When you’re in a rush, your mind can be going 1000 miles a minute and it’s hard to keep track of everything. With children comes massive responsibility. Even in your busiest moments, you have to be aware of what your child is doing. Blind cords, food, drink, small toys, nappy sacks and slings are all choking, strangulation and suffocation hazards.
- There are many household items that are poisonous. For example, laundry and cleaning products, painkillers and other medicines, E-cigarettes and air fresheners. Prevent an accident by storing these items in places out of reach.
- Ensure you supervise your children in places where they are at risk of falling. For example, the stairs, highchairs, windows, cots, beds, changing tables and trampolines.
There are so many more tips on safety. For more information visit https://www.capt.org.uk/
How can you get involved in this year’s Child Safety Week?
Spread. The. Word. Spreading awareness and knowledge of Child Safety is what will make the ultimate difference in shaping a safe future. We can prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths. You can spread the word by;
- Utilising Social Media and using #ChildSafetyWeek. Whether you use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, you are reaching somebody out in the world and you could potentially save a life.
- Share your experience and your story.
- Share the statistics- for example, ‘accidents involving children account for three deaths every week and over 2,000 hospital admissions’.
- Encourage people to visit https://www.capt.org.uk/ for more incredibly valuable and lifesaving information.
How can Kidwells help?
At Kidwells we can provide assistance in matters relating to Child and Family Contact which can include agreements on child safety and emergency action. Contact our family department for more information.