Welcome to Family Safety Week
Welcome to the online home of Family Safety Week. We're pleased you're here because that means you want to find out more about keeping your loved ones safe - and that's what Family Safety Week is all about.
This year’s theme: Under-fives in the home
Keeping children safe in and around the home is every parent and carer’s priority. But we know that from the moment a new baby is home, a range of hazards can lead to serious unintentional injury.
Accidents are the main cause of death for children and young people across the UK. Sadly, under-5s are particularly at risk, with 80 of the 464 children killed in accidents in 2012 in this age group.
More than 450,000 under-5s a year attend emergency departments and 40,000 are admitted to hospital as a result of an accident in and around the home.
Some of the common and devastating accidents include falls, burns, scalds and poisonings by medicine or cleaning products that have not been locked away. Accident prevention can save lives and reduce injuries. There’s plenty of great advice on this website, but getting down on your knees on the floor and taking a look around from a child’s perspective is a good place to start.
Suddenly, you will notice things like sharp edges on tables and stray plastic nappy sacks that a baby could suffocate on. Once simple hazards are recognised, you can do something to reduce or remove the risks.
And remember: the most important safety guard for any young child is supervision. Accidents often happen when an adult has left the room.
Why Family Safety Week?
So many people tell us that their family's safety is their number one priority. They also tell us that they value good information and advice about accident prevention that's not over-the-top and that enables their family to live life to the full.
Finding out about some common causes of accidents and the simple steps you can take to prevent them could be one of the most important things you do for your loved ones. Family Safety Week will help you do this.
What will be happening?
Family Safety Week is running from March 7-11, 2016 and there are lots of ways for you to get involved. The theme this year is 'Under fives in the home' and each day has a different focus:
- Monday: Safety in the home
- Tuesday: Falls
- Wednesday: Burns and scalds
- Thursday: Poisonings
- Friday: Suffocation and choking.
You can find out more about each day in the Diary section.
Who's behind Family Safety Week?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is the UK's family safety charity. We've been at the heart of accident prevention for 99 years, and we're privileged that Her Majesty The Queen is our Patron. We exist to save lives and reduce injuries in the home, on the roads, during leisure, at work and in schools and colleges. It doesn't matter what age you are - our work covers all ages and stages of life.
But it's not just about us. Given the scale of accidents, we face an enormous task - that's why we need your help. One of the key reasons we've launched Family Safety Week is to help others spread the word about accident prevention.
We're delighted that James Cracknell OBE and Confused.com are supporting Family Safety Week.