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Childhood safety and first aid

  • Accidents are the most common cause of death among children aged between one and five years.

  • Every year about 600,000 children under five go to hospital because of an accident in the home.

Children need to explore and to learn about the things around them. The safer you make your home, the less likely it is that their exploration will land them in hospital. Outside your home it’s not so easy to make sure that the world is a safe place, but by getting together with other parents you can make a difference.

You can put pressure on your local council as follows:

  • to make road crossings safer
  • to mend stairs and walkways and improve lighting
  • to clear rubbish tips and board up old buildings.

We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.