Accident prevention in the spotlight during Child Safety Week

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Accidents are the main cause of death for children post-infancy, with many occurring in the home.

During Child Safety Week (1- 7 June) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of accidents that can happen in the home and providing helpful tips to prevent them from occurring.



In Northern Ireland in a typical week, two people die as a result of home accidents.

In addition to these deaths, there are approximately 17,000 admissions to hospital each year as a result of unintentional injuries.

Hilary Johnston, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager with the PHA, said, “More accidents happen in the home than anywhere else, so we are encouraging everyone to be mindful of the dangers in and around the home and look at ways to prevent accidents occurring.

“Like a lot of people across the world today, you may be spending a lot more time at home or in your garden, and you might also have young children at home 24/7, getting bored and looking for things to do.



“For some of that time you may also have to do work from home that wouldn’t otherwise be done in your household environment.

“You may find your attention is being pulled in many different directions while trying to maintain good supervision of your little ones.

She continued, “This is why it is perhaps now more important than ever to be aware of risks around the home and to take steps to minimise these.

“Some of the most common causes of child accidents include burns from cookers and scalds from spillages, poisonings from hazardous household products, road accidents occurring during the busy home-time chaos, slipping under the water in the bath, and falls.

“Internal window blind cords and chains can also pose a risk to babies, small children and vulnerable people who could injure or even strangle themselves on looped operating cords and chains.



“It is important that parents, relatives and carers check their homes and proactively take steps to make sure that children are kept safe,” Hilary added.


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