For Child Safety Week (5-11 June 2017), the Child Accident Prevention Trust are asking people to share their experience, not just about the horrors of accidents, but the really practical, simple things they do to prevent them.
Bringing Child Safety Week to life
This year’s theme, Sharing is Caring, provides an opportunity to help parents and carers learn how to look after their families with confidence by sharing experiences with the people around them. And a chance to help children and young people gain skills in keeping themselves safe. Surprising facts can really catch parents’ attention and trigger a chat about making homes safer for their children. Why not share our ten top tips for safety, or discuss one as part of an activity?
CAPT’s Ten Top Tips for safety
1. Almost one in six children suffer an accident or near miss, like stepping out onto the road without looking, whilst looking at their electronic devices. Set a good example to your children by never using your devices while crossing the road.
2. A hot drink can scald a young child even 15 minutes after it has been made. So put your much-needed mug of tea or coffee down somewhere your baby or toddler can’t grab at it.
3. Detergent liquitabs are really convenient for laundry on the run but pose a risk to young children. If yours are under the sink, move them away from little hands and mouths and lock cupboards if possible. And look for products with a bittering agent – this makes them taste disgusting so children spit them out.
4. Remember some 3-4 year olds can open child safety caps in seconds (‘child-resistant’ doesn’t mean ‘child-proof’). So keep medicines away from small hands too. Don’t forget the painkillers in your bag – painkillers are the most common cause of poisoning for small children!
5. Toddlers can choke on food that’s too big, even just the size of a grape. Always cut their food up into small, narrow pieces, especially round food like grapes and cherry tomatoes.
6. Trampolines are a great way for children to work off surplus energy. But remember, it’s safest if there’s just one child on the trampoline. And use safety netting or a safety cage so children can’t be thrown to the ground.
7. Small hungry children can mistake a button battery for a sweet. But, if swallowed, a button battery can burn a hole through their throat and kill within hours. So keep objects with accessible button batteries well out of young children’s reach and take care when replacing batteries.
8. In just five seconds a toddler’s skin can be scalded so badly by hot tap water that they need to go to hospital. So, at bath time, put the cold water in first and top up with hot, then test the water with your elbow, to reduce the risk of your child being scalded.
9. Drowning is silent and babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water. So stay with your baby or small child when they’re in the bath. And remember, while bath seats can be a great help, they’re not safety aids – so don’t leave your baby alone in one, even for a moment.
10. Get a smoke alarm fitted on every level of your home and test it regularly. Thick, black smoke from a fire can fill your home in minutes and kill your sleeping child in seconds.
Is Child Safety Week for you?
Parents don’t prevent accidents as an isolated part of parenting. They need safety advice within context and from trusted professionals who they come into contact with in their daily lives. That’s why your involvement is so important. Big or small, there are lots of different things you can do during Child Safety Week.
Preventing childhood accidents is vital in ensuring all children grow up in a safe, stimulating environment. You can play an important part in making that happen and make a real difference to child safety and even save lives.
To find out more, visit the website. You can sign up for Child Safety Week, download resources to use with families and stay up to date on the latest news.
For more safety tips, visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust Facebook page.
You can purchase fire blankets for your setting in the PACEY shop. Manufactured to BS EN standards, this fire blanket is large enough for a kitchen fire or to wrap a child. It is recommended to replace your fire blanket every five years.