Preventing Accidents to Children

The key to preventing accidents to children is: “A safe, secure and sustainable environment is a prerequisite for a healthy nation.”

A combination of factors is required:

Environment

Improvement in planning and design results in safer homes and leisure areas. Adaptations such as fireguards and stairgates help to make the home environment safer.

Education

This involves increasing the awareness of the risk of accidents in a variety of settings and providing information on ways of minimising these risks.

Empowerment

Local consultation and community involvement can generate a strong sense of commitment and ownership. Accident prevention initiatives, which have been influenced by the community, are more likely to reflect local need and therefore encourage greater commitment.

Enforcement

There is legislation which relates to child safety and enables us to work toward preventing accidents to children. These regulations ensure that the products we buy meet a reasonable level of safety performance and that new dwellings meet an acceptable level of safety.

General safety advice for preventing accidents to children

  • Children should be supervised at all times
  • Keep floors free of toys and obstructions that can be tripped over
  • Always use a securely fitted safety harness in a pram, pushchair or highchair
  • Never leave babies unattended on raised surfaces
  • Do not place baby bouncers on raised surfaces – they could fall off with the movement of the baby
  • The use of baby-walkers and table-mounted high chairs is not recommended.

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