News: Child Safety Week Arrives in Buckinghamshire

Published: 01 June 2020

This week (1st – 7th June) marks the arrival of Child Safety Week, and with more time being spent at home, there are more opportunities for injuries that typically take place in the home to occur.

With the pressures of COVID-19, many parents are anxious about visiting Accident and Emergency (A&E) with their child, but it’s really important to remember that not visiting a hospital for treatment could cause more harm.

If your child has been injured as a result of an accident within or close to home, please call 999 in an emergency or if you need medical advice, call 111 where you will be given the appropriate advice based on the information you provide.

Tips for Lockdown Safety in the home:

  • Out of harm’s way
    • Whether you have shufflers, crawlers, toddlers or pre-schoolers, if you do a quick room-by-room check for these things, then you’re doing a great job of keeping your child out of harm’s way
  • Hot drinks to hair straighteners – doctors are already seeing an increase in burns during lockdown. A small child’s skin burns really easily as it’s so thin and delicate. 
    • Decide now where the safe spot in the kitchen and living room is for hot drinks – well out of reach of little hands.  Do the same in the bedroom for hair straighteners and curling wands – even when they are cooling down, somewhere high up is best.
  • Pills to pods – from the painkillers in the drawer to the cleaner by the loo, the disinfectant spray under the sink or the washing pods by the machine, they can seriously harm children if swallowed. 
    • Gather them up and put them high up out of harm’s way. And remember to put them away again after you’ve used them. 
  • Button batteries – big lithium coin cell batteries the size of a 5p piece can be deadly if your child swallows one. 
    • Look round your home for them – in products as well as spare and ‘flat’ batteries – and put them out of reach of inquisitive little fingers.  You’ll be surprised where young children can find them – in light-up toys, remotes, gaming headsets and key finders. 
  • Out and about
    • As we all try to keep our distance but still try to burn off children’s excess energy, it’s crucial to stay mindful of road safety.  Cars may take advantage of empty roads to speed up.
    • So remember to check for traffic before you and your family step out into the road.
    • And if you’re driving, remember there may be people stepping off pavements, younger cyclists avoiding walkers or simply people paying less attention because there’s less traffic on the roads.
    • So keep an eye on your speed while you’re making that essential trip 

The Child Accident Prevention Trust has created a really useful Parents Pack that is full of quick wins that can help put you in charge of child safety, even when you’re feeling under pressure.  

Download The Child Accident Prevention Trust Parents’ Pack

If you want to switch off or give your child something to engage them, there are some fun activity sheets at the back of the pack too.

Safety at Home Checklists

Kids Health have created a number of checklists for you to use in different areas within your home. You can find these here.

Checklists for the Home