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Luton Borough Council

07/06/2021 - Top tips for parents during Child Safety Week

Luton Council and Safe at Home are supporting Child Safety Week( 7 to 13 June), an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).

​Throughout Child Safety Week we will be raising awareness of the hazards within the home and promoting some of CAPT’s simple steps that parents and carers can take to reduce the risk of harm to children.

Safe at Home is also offering free telephone home safety checks for Luton households with children under the age of five years.  They will provide a room by room checklist highlighting hazards and offer top tips to help keep children safe around the home and garden. To book a safety check please apply online .

For pregnant women, parents to be and new mums and dads living in the town, Safe at Home will also provide a free ‘Keeping Baby Safe’ session via ZOOM giving them the opportunity to ask questions, learn about choosing safe nursery products and understand key safety messages to help protect their baby from avoidable injuries. To book a place email: [email protected]

Parents, Grandparents and care-givers can follow these top tips to help keep children safe:

  1. Keep hot things out of reach - hot drinks can scald a child up to 15 to 20 minutes after being made as their skin is 15 times thinner than an adult – so place drinks where children can’t touch them. When using ovens and hobs during cooking, keep children out of the kitchen and place pans on back rings out of reach.
  2. Some products are poisonous - cleaning products such as cleaners, disinfectant, bleach, and detergents or medications and toiletries can be dangerous for children - remember child resistant lids are NOT child proof. Keep them in a locked cupboard or place them high out of reach of little hands.
  3. Secure windows - as the weather warms up ensure large opening windows are kept locked or fitted with a ‘window restrictor’ to prevent child falling out of them and keep furniture away from windows to prevent climbing. Ensure blind cords are fitted with cleats or shorteners to prevent strangulation.
  4. Small things can be a choking hazard - check all low level drawers, shelves, tables to see if there are small items that your child can put in their mouth and move them out of harm’s way. Button cell batteries are particularly harmful and can cause serious injuries or death if accidently ingested as the battery will cause internal burns - please keep out of reach & discard old batteries safely! 
  5. Garden Safety – children can drown in less than 5cm of water and in a matter of seconds - ensure children are always supervised when using paddling pools and make sure ponds are covered – Empty paddling pools and buckets when not in use. Keep children away from BBQ’s and ensure shed has a lock.

Cllr Tahmina Saleem, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for children’s health and wellbeing, said: "We know that children under the age of five are at a higher risk of accidents around the home. Many of these can be easily prevented by simple precautions which can become a part of our everyday routine. Our homes have so many accident hotspots for young children who are natural explorers. We want all children to have the freedom to grow and learn, safe from serious harm. Sharing safety knowledge saves lives. It is important that parents are made aware of the hazards and are given advice to help them reduce the risk of harm to children.”

Elaine Ainsworth, Child Injury Prevention Coordinator, Safe at Home said: “Safe at Home is a free service helping to keep children in Luton safe. We can offer advice and information to parents and carers about how they can protect young children from injury, disability or even death from avoidable home accidents. Our free telephone home safety checks will highlight to parents the many hazards that can exist within a home as well as offer advice and information to help keep children safe around the home and in the garden.”

For more safety advice and information visit the Safe at Home website.

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