Keeping Your Child Safe

Parents / Carers

As your child grows up and becomes more independent it is important to have steps in place to make sure they are safe.

Inside of the home

A surprisingly high number of children’s accidents happen in the home and an accident can only take a matter of seconds, so be aware of potential hazards. Ensure that:

  • Flat screen TVs are fixed securely to the wall
  • Hair straighteners are unplugged
  • Matches and lighters are out of reach or locked away
  • Hot drinks are kept away from your children. A hot drink can still scald 20 minutes after it’s been made

 

Outside of the home

A younger child may rarely be on their own outside of the home but as they grow more independent it is important to remember some rules about keeping safe.

  • Make sure your child is aware of the dangers of roads and railways
  • Ensure that they know how to cross the road safely
  • If they are out on their bike make sure they know how to cycle correctly and safely, obeying the laws of the road.
  • When cycling they should always wear a helmet
  • Make sure you know where they are and who they are with at all times. Make sure you have a contact number.
  • Teach your child about stranger danger. Teach them to run, yell and tell if they are approached by a stranger.

 

Useful links:

Child Accident Prevention Trust - CAPT

Road Safety - ROSPA

Child Car Seats - ROSPA

Online Home Safety Check - Cheshire Fire and Resue Service

Outdoor Safety - Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service