Child Safety Week 23 – 29 June

Posted On: Friday 27th of June 2014 ; Read: 1437 time(s)

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign by the Child Accident Prevention Trust or CAPT to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

What injuries occur?

The most severe injuries are associated with heat-related accidents and falls from a height. Older children are more likely to sustain fractures than younger counterparts.* Younger children have a higher percentage of burns and scalds as well as poisoning and ingestion accidents.*

Where do accidents happen?

The largest number of accidents happen in the living/dining room. However, the most serious accidents happen in the kitchen and on the stairs. Every year more than 67,000 children experience an accident in the kitchen - 43,000 of these are aged between 0-4 years; 58,000 children have accidents on the stairs.

*CONSUMER SAFETY UNIT. 24th Annual Report, Home Accident Surveillance System. London: Department of Trade and Industry, 2002.

Safety and child development


Children differ in their rate of development but the information below is a guide to development stages:





0-6 months

Wriggle and kick, grasp, suck, roll over.

Do not leave on a raised surface.

6mths-1 yr

Stand, sit, crawl, put things in mouth.

Keep small objects and dangerous substances out of reach

1-2 years

Move about, reach things high up, and find hidden objects, walk, and climb.

Never leave alone, place hot drinks out of reach, use a fireguard and stairgates

2-3 years

Be adventurous, climb higher, pull and twist things, watch and copy. Be a good role model and be watchful.

Place matches and lighters out of sight and reach.

3-4 years

Use grown-up things, be helpful, understand instructions, be adventurous, explore, walk downstairs alone.

Continue to be a good role model, keep being watchful but start safety training.

4-5 years

Play exciting games, can be independent, ride a bike, enjoy stories

They can actually plan to do things and carry it out. Rules are very important to them, as long as everybody keeps to the same ones. They enjoy learning. Continue safety training.

5-8 years

Will be subject to peer pressure and will still forget things.

Still need supervision, guidance and support.


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