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Safety around the home

Choking

The Chokeables video from St John's Ambulances teach you how to stop a baby from choking.

 

 

Furniture Safety

Eight deaths of children under five since July 2008 as a result of falling televisions in the UK.” Baby climbing furniture

 

This sobering statistic from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents highlights the danger of what we may think of innocent household furniture. Unfortunately this figure is likely to be higher as RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) are only made aware of the fatalities when the press reporting on coroners inquests ask for comment.

 

Luckily there are some simple things that can be done to prevent injuries and deaths like this. For example, securing anything that could be a 'climbing frame' for toddlers is so important. 

 

Furniture safety poster

Furniture safety leaflet (select 'booklet' when printing for a5 leaflet format)

 

How to use blinds safely

Looped blind and window cords are dangerous as they can strangle a child.

 

Download Blind Cord safety poster

RoSPA Blind Cord Safety

 

Nappy sacks

BABIES CAN SUFFOCATE ON NAPPY SACKS - Always keep nappy sacks out of reach.Nappy sack

Babies will naturally grasp anything and put it to their mouths, and nappy sacks can kill.

 

Download Nappy Sack safety poster

 

RoSPA is aware of at least 16 baby deaths in England and Wales due to nappy sacks. Find out more from RoSPA.

 

Liquitabs and Button Batteries

Dangers of liquitabs - download posterButton batteries

Dangers of button batteries - download poster

 

Video from Child Accident Prevention Trust: a father's personal story.

 

Smoke Alarms

Following recent national news regarding smoke detector research and the risk of children not waking up when in a deep sleep, it is important that you have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home. Preparing and practicing an escape plan is also critical.

 

Just a few minutes spent planning your escape route now and sharing it with family could be the most valuable time you ever spend.

 

Follow these simple steps to ensure you can be warned at the first sign of a fire and that you have a clear escape plan to make sure you and your family are safely out of the house:

 

  • Fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home and test them regularly
  • Prepare an escape route, make sure everyone knows it and practice your escape
  • Keep your escape route clear so there are no obstacles to slow you down – close doors at night
  • Make sure everyone in the house - including friends and family who may stay over - knows where all keys to doors and windows are kept

 

If your child is invited to a sleepover, you would of course want them to be safe in the event of a fire. Here is some useful guidance from Lancashire on the things to think about before they go for a sleepover.