We are calling on families in Shropshire to be a Safety Hero this Child Safety Week (24 to 30 June) and to find out about simple things they can do that will make a real difference to preventing serious accidents and to help keep children safe from harm. If you are looking to add some ZAP and POW to family life here are some Safety Hero tips from the Child Accident Prevention Trust:
Be a burns Safety Hero
Fact: A baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adult’s. That’s why they can suffer such bad burns from hot drinks.
Tip: Think of where to put your hot drink down so it’s out of reach of little hands.
Be a poisons Safety Hero
Fact: Painkillers are the biggest villain when it comes to poisoning young children.
Tip: Watch out for handbags on the floor with painkillers inside or pills on the bedside table. Keep them out of reach and sight of young children.
Be a falls Safety Hero
Fact: Many serious falls happen when children take their parents by surprise by doing something new.
Tip: Be careful not to put furniture in front of windows to avoid children climbing up and falling out. Fit safety catches to stop your windows opening too wide and fit safety gates on stairs.
Be a road Safety Hero
Fact: The number of children injured as pedestrians peaks at the age of 12 when many children start travelling to school on their own.
Tip: Teach children road safety when you’re out walking together and set a good example as they are likely to copy your habits.
Be a drowning Safety Hero
Fact: Babies slip under the water and drown silently so you won’t hear any noise or struggle.
Tip: Always stay with your baby or young child when they are in the bath. Empty the paddling pool as soon as you’re finished – don’t leave it for the next day.
Be a fire Safety Hero
Fact: You double your chances of getting your family out of a fire if you have a working smoke alarm.
Tip: Fit a smoke alarm on each floor of your house and test it regularly. Practise your escape route with your family so that you all know what to do in a fire.
Be a strangulation Safety Hero
Fact: It can take just 20 seconds for a toddler to die by strangulation if they get tangled in a blind cord. 2 to 3 children die this way each year.
Tip: Fit a cleat hook to tie your blind cords back. Keep cots, beds and highchairs away from blind cords and chains.
Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive at the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the national charity that runs Child Safety Week told Shropshire Family Information Service:
“Our message for Child Safety Week is you don’t need to be superhuman to be a Safety Hero. Putting your coffee cup out of reach of small hands, keeping painkillers and cleaning things stored safely away, practising road safety with your children while you’re out walking – these small things all add up to children who are protected from serious harm. With the help of Shropshire Family Information Service, families can learn how to transform themselves into Safety Heroes. And there are more tips on how to be a Safety Hero on the Child Safety Week website www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/parents.”
The Child Accident Prevention Trust is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured by accidents, without ‘wrapping them in cotton wool’.
If you would like further information on keeping children safe, then contact us for one of our child safety packs on 01743 254400 or email ShropshireFIS@shropshire.gov.uk