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Accidents at home risk for children

Accidents at home risk for children Many parents unaware of dangers

Four children end up in hospital every hour because of accidents which have occurred at home, figures show.

The figures are in stark contrast to the findings of a new survey, which show that four in five parents of under fives think their home is the safest place for their child.

The survey of more than 2600 parents, carried out for the Child Accident Prevention Trust also found that three-quarters of parents worry about their child having a bad accident.

However, nearly a half of those questioned think there is nothing they can do to stop accidents from happening.

And one in five parents thought that ensuring their home is a safe haven for their child takes too much time and energy.

Although many parents are aware of common but serious risks such as scalds from hot drinks and falls down the stairs, they are much less aware of the risks from detergent capsules, burns from hair straighteners, falls from windows and smoke from house fires, the charity said.

Katrina Phillips, CAPT’s Chief Executive said: “Caring for a small child is hugely demanding, so it’s no wonder parents feel pushed for time.

"What’s worrying is that – with four small children hospitalised every hour – many parents think there’s nothing they can do to stop these accidents from happening or that it will take too much time and energy.

“But parents needn’t feel overwhelmed by accidents, as just two minutes a day making small changes in their home – the same amount of time it takes to clean your teeth each morning – can make a huge difference to their child’s safety.”

The survey findings have been released to mark the launch of Child Safety Week (21st – 27th June).

This article was published on Mon 21 June 2010



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