Child Safety Week

5 – 11 June 2017

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. Each year they produce an action pack full of ideas on running events and activities for Child Safety Week, including:

  • top tips for engaging with families and carers
  • tips for working in partnership
  • information about some of the most common causes of child accidents and how to prevent them
  • event ideas
  • useful resources
  • evaluation form for participants
  • competitions

The 2017 activity pack is available here.

Awareness of hot drinks around children

A hot drink, even one that’s been made for 15 minutes, can seriously scald a baby.

“Scalds from cups of tea and coffee are one of the commonest preventable injuries in crawling babies and toddlers that we see in the Paediatric Emergency Department. Most parents take safety in the home very seriously, for example fitting safety gates. But they do not always realise the danger caused by hot drinks left on dining tables, coffee tables or kitchen worktops. Children can often reach further than their parents expect, so make sure ‘out of reach’ really is a safe place.” Dr Rachel Jenner, Consultant Paediatrician Emergency Medicine, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Why not implement a Hot Drinks Policy in your setting when young children are present. It would help protect children from serious scalds.

Hot drinks and young children don’t mix:

  • Hot drinks are the number one cause of serious scald injuries among babies and young children
  • Parents don’t realise how bad the injuries will be until after the event
  • Young children are unpredictable, love exploring and reaching out
  • They can’t be relied on to do what they’re told and they’re too young to understand consequences

Despite this it can be difficult to establish a hot drinks policy. Parents want to drink tea and coffee, and headlines such as “Coffee banned from coffee morning” make the challenge even harder.

When CAPT heard about a successful parent-led hot drinks pledge in Wrexham, they discovered how, instead of the staff imposing a policy, the parents came up with their own; click here for more details.

If you run a nursery, children’s centre or mother and toddler group, you can order a copy of our Under 5’s Resource Pack, including a copy of Lizzie’s Accident, 25 Hot Water Burns Like Fire leaflets and plenty of additional safety literature for only £4.50 including postage and packing by clicking here.

“Everyone in the Burns Unit was there because of an accident. None of them were born that way and they hadn’t developed a disease to make them disfigured. In a split second their whole life changed” Mum of a little girl injured in a hot drinks accident.