This week is Child Safety Week 2017, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), therefore we are helping to raise awareness of accidents involving children and how these can be prevented.
A major cause of serious injuries in children is as a result of falling from a height. Whether this is from windows or balconies, or simply whilst on the stairs, there are things we can all do to help prevent these accidents from occurring.
Stairs – make sure safety gates are installed and used at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent children from climbing and falling. If you are carrying a baby or small child on the stairs make sure you have a free hand to hold onto handrails to reduce the risk of falling.
Windows – install child locks on to windows to prevent them opening wide. You should also try to avoid positioning furniture under windows which could be used to climb on and make windows more accessible.
Balconies and railings – never leave a child unattended on a balcony or near railings and ensure all bannisters and railings are well maintained.
Furniture – do not leave small children unattended on furniture. This includes sofas, chairs, tables, counters and changing tables. Also, make sure children are strapped in correctly in high chairs to avoid falls from climbing and stretching.
Beds – make sure adequate safety railings are in place on beds for small children who are transitioning from a cot. Bunk beds should not be used for children under the ages of 6.
Baths – use non-slip mats in the bottom of the bath to reduce the risk of slipping and falling. Never leave children alone in the bath.
Trampolines – children love the fun of jumping up and down on a trampoline, but they can pose the risk of falling and sustaining an injury. Use safety netting around the edge of the trampoline to avoid children falling off the edge.
At Freeclaim Solicitors we are supporters of CAPT and Child Safety Week and any awareness to help prevent accidents and keep children safe. We should all do what we can to reduce any potential dangers for children. By following simple steps like those above, we can reduce the number of accidents significantly.
If you, or your child, have sadly been injured in an accident after falling from a height, speak to one of our specialist solicitors today. We can advise you on making a claim and also help to provide you and your family with early support and treatment. Call us today on 0800 612 7340 to start your claim.