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Child Safety Week – keeping safe at home and out and about

Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Monday, June 1, 2020

90% of accidents to under 5’s happen at home. So, this child safety week take some time to make your home as safe as possible. There can be an almost endless list of potential ‘accidents waiting to happen’  but the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) have outlined five of the most serious accidents that are the easiest to prevent.

  1. Threats to breathing – choking, strangulation or suffocation
  2. Falls
  3. Poisoning
  4. Burns and scalds
  5. Drowning

Our webpages have more safety information for parents and the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has more information as well as downloadable resources.

 

Keeping safe out and about

Many of us have got used to less cars on the roads, but teaching road safety is always important. 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 of course, 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.

 

Water Safety

Water Safety is important all year round at bath time and in the swimming pool, but summer poses even more risks with paddling pools out in force in gardens across the county. Remember to make a quick safety check every time your child is around water and NEVER leave them unattended. Check out our water safety pages.