Children are tougher and more resilient than we give them credit for but they're never ten minutes away from having an accident. Read our guide on how to prevent them happening in your home.
A person's home is always thought of as being one's castle, a sanctuary from the outside world, but did you know that every year in the U.K around two million children under the age of 15 are treated in A&E after having an accident at home. It is boys that are more likely to be injured and half a million of children admitted to A&E were younger than five.
Most children under the age of five have no concept of danger, they are unable to understand and perceive dangers in the environment around them. They also have less developed co-ordination and balance than older children.
The biggest cause of accidents in the home are;
Although your entire home is full of potential hazards for children by paying particular attention to hot spot areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms and any staircases you can prevent accidents in your home.
Proper adequate adult supervision is key to preventing accidents, always be on the look out for anything that might pose a risk to your child's safety. But remember it is important for a child to be able to explore their surroundings.
Unfortunately with kids it is impossible to keep your eye on them all the time and ultimately accidents in your home involving children can never be completely eliminated but you can avoid them by employing a few key safety measures.
You'll never be able to eliminate the risk of children having accidents in your home but there's a lot to do to ensure serious ones never occur. Remember, you're only human and children will always be accident prone but as long as you take all the necessary precautions you'll be fine.