Child Safety Week

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    Improving Child Safety – for babies, toddlers and young children.

    Did you know that the majority of accidents that occur in the home are easily preventable?

    “Did you know?” facts…..

    • A baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than yours. That’s why they can easily get very badly burned.
    • A hot drink can scald a young child 15 minutes after it’s been made.
    • Medical professionals count bath water scalds as one of the worst injuries a child can suffer.
    • It can take just 5 seconds for a toddler to suffer a severe scald from water from the bath hot tap.
    • Hair straighteners get as hot as your iron and can hold their heat for up to eight minutes after they are switched off.
    • It can take just seconds for some three or four year olds to open child-resistant tops. They’re not childproof!
    • Everyday painkillers and other medicines are the most common way for young children to be poisoned.
    • Cleaning products and DIY chemicals can be very dangerous if children drink them. To a toddler even the cleaner left at the side of the toilet can look interesting enough to drink.
    • Children’s throats are narrow so can be blocked more easily than an adult’s, anything smaller than the diameter of a two pence piece can cause a child to choke.
    • Pieces of food are the most common cause of children choking.
    • Choking can be silent with no sound to warn you that something is wrong.

    Child Safety Week 2017

    Safe children: sharing is caring

    We are asking friends, families, communities and professionals to show they care by playing their part in keeping children safe and sharing their experience and knowledge – not just about the horrors of accidents, but also the really practical, simple things they do to prevent them.

    We all have a part to play in sharing the responsibility for preventing accidents among children, and we know that nothing is more powerful than the voice of experience.

    Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. We provide a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events and promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way.

    Events are held by a range of different organisations and individuals, including children’s centres, childminders, fire and rescue teams, hospitals, schools and many more.

    The 2017 Child Safety Week Action Pack is full of information for parents, activity ideas, hints and tips for a successful event or session.

    For FREE resources, downloadable advice and other information visit
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