Accident prevention in children
What happens in the first few years of a child’s life can shape their whole life.
Children need to explore and experiment and many childhood accidents are a part of growing up but accidents to children can have a lifelong impact on them.
Under 5s are particularly at risk of being injured in home accidents, with falls accounting for most non-fatal accidents and threats to breathing such as suffocation, strangulation and choking causing the highest number of deaths. Find more information and advice about home safety from RoSPA.
Most home accidents are preventable through increased awareness, improvements in the home environment and greater product safety.
Where you can get further information:
- Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) aim for a safer world for all children and produces a wide range of advice and information resources on all aspects of accident prevention
- Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA's) home safety department produces a wide range of advice and information resources on all aspects of accident prevention in and around the home. Find more information and advice about home safety from RoSPA. Also see ROSPA Home Safety Advice Household Cleaning Products checklist
- Visit the NHS website on information on how to protect your baby or toddler from some of the commonest accidents that affect young children
Get support in York from the Healthy Child Service can provide information and resources on accident prevention. Contact healthy child service on telephone: 01904 555475 from 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.