Your growing child
Children develop so quickly, they catch us off-guard. Whether it’s learning to roll, crawl, stand or just exploring their environment as they get older, each stage opens up a new set of potential hazards.
It can be difficult to keep up, and the daily pressures of caring for children don’t make it any easier. What’s more, because the hazards aren’t always obvious, it can be even harder to keep children out of harm’s way.
What’s Child Safety Week?
Child Safety Week is run every year by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to help families understand the things that can lead to serious accidents, as well as the simple steps which can help to prevent them.
For instance, did you know that a hot drink can still scald a child 15 minutes after it’s been made? Or that the detergent liquitabs under the kitchen sink can be really appealing to your toddler who might just like to take a bite? Or that a third of children injured as pedestrians say they stepped off the curb without looking!
What can I do?
As parents, we are far more likely to see people like fire officers or paramedics as heroes. Yet our research for Child Safety Week shows just how much parents do to stop their children suffering horrific accidents – almost two-thirds say they’ve had to save the day to prevent a serious accident.
Parents play down the life-saving role they play, but the truth is, the small actions we all take day-in, day-out to prevent accidents from happening in the first place are as just as heroic as rescuing children after an accident has happened.
Be a Safety Hero this Child Safety Week by following these steps:
1) Tell us about your experiences
Have you got any top tips for reducing the risk of accidents? Has your child ever had an accident or near miss? If so, we want to hear from you.
Get in touch and tell us about your experiences so we can share this with other parents and help them in the battle against accidents.
2) Find out more about serious accidents and how to stop them
You’ll find details of some of the most common causes of serious accidents, as well as safety advice for preventing them using the tabs below.
For further information about other topics, including fire safety and drowning, visit the safety advice pages on the CAPT website.
3) Follow us
4) Look out for local events
There will be thousands of events going on around the UK for Child Safety Week where you and your family can find out more about how to prevent serious accidents. Your local School, Children’s Centre or Health Visitor are all good places to start. If they are not running events themselves, they should be able to tell you about other accident prevention sessions and activities that are available in your area.
Common causes of serious injury
Burns and scalds
There are lots of risks of burns and scalds around the house, especially in the morning.
Choking, strangulation and suffocation
There are many different risks when it comes to using the road. A third of children and young people injured on roads admitted to not stopping at the kerb or not looking before stepping off! Have a look at our guide to staying safe when you’re out and about, or test your knowledge with our road safety quiz.
Suspected poisoning is one of the most common reasons for young children to be taken to A&E.
Most serious falls happen when children take their parents by surprise by doing something they didn’t know their child was able to.