Advice and Tips

Make time for child safety

Every day 11 toddlers are rushed into hospital

Parents needn’t feel overwhelmed by accidents, as just two minutes a day making small changes in their home – the same amount of time it takes to clean your teeth each morning – can make a huge difference to their child’s safety

Katrina Phillips, CAPT’s Chief Executive said: “Caring for a small child is hugely demanding, so it’s no wonder parents feel pushed for time. What’s worrying is that – with four small children hospitalised every hour – many parents think there’s nothing they can do to stop these accidents from happening or that it will take too much time and energy.

 “But parents needn’t feel overwhelmed by accidents, as just two minutes a day making small changes in their home – the same amount of time it takes to clean your teeth each morning – can make a huge difference to their child’s safety.” 

 

Tips for making time for safety

 

  1. Every day 11 toddlers are rushed into hospital because it’s thought they’ve swallowed something dangerous.  Detergent capsules and concentrated detergents are really convenient but pose new risks to young children. If yours are under the sink, take a couple of minutes to move them to a high cupboard or one with a lock, away from little hands. 

 

  1. Remember some 3-4 year olds can open child ‘proof’ caps in seconds, so keep medicines in a locked or high cupboard too. Don’t forget the painkillers in your handbag too!

 

  1. Hair straighteners stay hot enough to badly burn a child 8 minutes after being unplugged.  So take a moment to lift them off the floor or the door handle and put them where they can’t be reached.

 

  1. Every day 45 toddlers are admitted to hospital after a fall. Take the time to fit a window lock so it will only open to 6cm (2.5 inches).  Falling downstairs can damage your babies brain as well as their body so make sure you use safety gates on stairs.

 

  1. Thick, black smoke from a fire can fill your home in minutes and kill your child in seconds.  So get a smoke alarm fitted on every level of your home and test it regularly.

 

  1. At least 1 young child a year dies after getting caught in a blind cord and being strangled.  It takes seconds to tie yours back round a hook to keep loops out of reach of climbing children.  Move children’s cots, beds and highchairs away from window blinds too.

 

  1. If a child is hit by a car at 40 mph, there’s an 80% chance they will die.  If the car is travelling at 30 mph, there’s an 80% chance they will live.  Leave a bit more time for your journey so you’re not tempted to speed.

 

  1. In five seconds a toddler’s skin can be burned so badly by hot tap water that they need to go to hospital.  So take a second to 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 burned.

 

  1. Toddlers can choke on food that’s too big, even just the size of a grape.  Take a minute to cut their food up into small pieces.

 

  1. 6 toddlers are admitted to hospital every day because they’ve been badly burned.  A hot drink can burn a young child even 15 minutes after it has been made, so put your baby down before you pick up yours and don’t pass hot drinks over children’s heads.

 

Join parents throughout the country and pledge your timewith the Child Safety Week Time Pledge at www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/PLEDGE and find out how to protect your child from serious accidents.

 

 

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