Child injury prevention: How safe is your home?

As it’s Child Injury Prevention week, we thought it would be a perfect time to highlight the potential injuries that could occur within what you may think is the safest place for your child – your home.

Did you know that around 6,000 child deaths happen within the household? Additionally, over two million children who are under the age of 15 will or have experienced accidents in or around their home each year – each of these incidents result in a trip to hospital.

So, you may be looking around and wondering what you could be doing to help ensure an increased level of safety for your children or even another younger family member. Well, here are some things that can be done:

Falls

Tripping hazards and falling are one of the leading causes to child injuries or those under the age of 19, with around 8,000 children experiencing this within the household. Tripping is such a common thing to happen. While most of the minor injuries happen when children trip or fall on one level, the level of injury increases when a slight height is involved – this can be something like tripping up a step or falling from a chair. Of course, the most major injuries are those when a child falls a significant height or lands on something sharp or hot.

Tripping is something that unfortunately can’t be managed. Are a child learns to walk, just like Bambi, they will have their times when they lose their balance. But, additional injuries can be prevented by making sure other hazards aren’t lying in wait for that fall.

Chemicals

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you keep strong cleaning products under the sink is that your child could potentially open and, at worst, drink them. However, these could also cause reactions, rashes and even burns to young children’s skin.

Aa a child’s skin is much more sensitive than an adults and, just like us, each child has a different level of sensitivity. A strong chemical could cause major injuries to a young child because of this. So, the best thing you can do is keep chemicals in general way out of reach from children. Locked cupboards and inaccessible storage areas are just a few of the many ways this can be prevented.

If you would like to read more about the abnormal chemicals that could cause harm to your children, we recently wrote an article discussing the dangers of common beauty products.

The unusual

It may shock you, but there are so many items around the house which could cause accidental harm to a young child. Something as simple as your blinds on your windows could be a strangulation risk. While this may not be an immediate thought, it’s the things that little hands get a hold of that can be the cause of the biggest accidents in the household.

A way in which these hazards can be prevented is simply by walking around your house and making sure that wires, blind cords or any other items are not hanging within a height just below your knees. Try buying special wall holders for electrical wires that you may not be able to move, and make sure appliances are unplugged when you’re not in the room.

Prevention

Unusual dangers are those harder to notice, and even those which you are well aware of can still catch you off guard. That’s why the most important prevention method to child injury is making sure you supervise your young children as much as possible.

It may seem like stating the obvious but what a lot of people don’t realise is that your own tiredness can make you less receptive to noticing potential dangers within the house. Why not ask a friend to help you scan each room or make time to re-energise yourself so you can be on alert when you are taking care of young children?

Has your child been injured and you require legal representation or advice? Contact Lysander Law today to get in touch with our expert team.