Families in the borough are reminded of the importance of keeping children safe as part of this year's Child Safety Week (Monday 7 to Sunday 13 June).
The annual education campaign, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, is being supported by Walsall Council. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Share because you care’, highlighting how sharing knowledge can really help to save lives.
Parents and carers can follow these top tips to help keep children safe:
- Keep hot things out of reach - hot drinks can scald a child up to 15-20 minutes after being made as their skin is 15 times thinner than an adult – place them where children can’t touch them. When using cookers and hobs during cooking, use the back rings first so pans are out of reach.
- Some products are poisonous - cleaning products such as cleaners, disinfectant, bleach, and detergents or medications and toiletries can be dangerous for children - remember child resistant lids are not child proof. Keep them in a locked cupboard or place them high out of the way of little hands.
- Secure windows - as the weather warms up ensure large opening windows are kept locked or fitted with a window restrictor to prevent child falling out of them and keep furniture away from windows to prevent climbing.
- Small things can be a choking hazard - check all low level drawers, shelves, tables to see if there are small items that your child can put in their mouth and move them out of harm’s way. Button cell batteries can kill a child within hours if accidently swallowed as the battery will cause internal burns so discard old batteries safely.
- Garden safety - ensure children are always supervised when using paddling pools and make sure ponds are covered - children can drown in less than 5cm of water and in a matter of seconds.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Walsall Council said, “All children are susceptible to accidents but in particular the under-fives are at highest risk. As Grandpa to four under-fives myself, I know that at this age especially, you can’t be too careful! We can often think of ‘accidents’ as something that might just happen and therefore there is nothing we can do about them. However, there are actions that can be taken to prevent accidents in ‘hotspots’ in our homes.
“The reality is that accidents are often preventable and we can protect children from suffering burns, falls or even poisoning. It is important that everyone including parents, carers and grandparents are made aware of the hazards and know how to reduce the risk of harm to their child.
"There is a whole range of information available from the Child Accident Prevention Trust that we will be sharing on how to keep children safe. Sharing messages around safety saves lives. We are encouraging everyone to spread the word on child safety and to keep sharing it."
To find out more about the week or to download free activity packs visit www.capt.org.uk/about-child-safety-week. Five fact sheets are also available translated into five languages – Urdu, Bengali, Panjabi, Polish and Arabic – for speakers of English as an additional language.