Child Safety Week 2017 runs from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June 2017.
Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. It is about creating a safe environment for children so that they can safely explore the world arounbd them, without injuring themselves.
The week covers everything to do with child safety, from preventing accidents in the home to choking hazards, downing and road safety to fire, burns and scalds.
CAPT have produced a free Parents Pack for Child Safety Week 2017 to download which includes information on preventing all types of accidents.
There is also an action pack aimed at health professionals, teachers and community workers which can be used to produce lesson plans and educational events for schools, worlplaces, parents groups, nurseries or homeschooling. The pack includes colouring pictures and activity sheets to encourage kids to think about safety.
One of the focuses of Child Safety Week 2017 is the danger posed by children swallowing button batteries. These are the small, round batteries which can be found in many children's toys, as well as remote controls, musical birthday cards, calculators and many other gadgets around the home.
Because these batteries are so small it is easy for a child to swallow them. If these are swallowed and become stuck in a child's throat they can kill a child in as little as two hours.
If you suspect that a child has swallowed a button battery:-
To find out more about Button Battery Safety visit capt.org.uk/button-batteries
According to CAPT, 70 children under 5 are rushed to A&E every day with suspected poisoning.
Bitrex is the world's most bitter substance. That is why it is added to many dangerous household products - it makes them taste so bitter that children will spit them out before swallowing them.
Don't believe it? You can try it for your self with a free Bitrex Taste Test Kit.
The daily pressures of caring for children can make it hard to keep up with all the possible hazards as they grow. What’s more, because the hazards aren’t always obvious, it can be even harder to keep children out of harm’s way. But if you take the time to become familiar with possible dangers, you might spot a potentially dangerous situation before it becomes an accident, and your child ends up in A&E.
To find out more about keeping your child safe, visit childsafetyweek.org.uk which is the official website of Child Safety Week and has lots more tips on keeping your children safe at home and when they are out and about.
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About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.