Footage showing how easy it is for a toddler to be killed by household furniture has been released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. In it, a dummy is crushed by a falling chest of drawers and television.
Children can mistake liquitabs for sweets, due to their bright colours and jelly-like texture.
NHS GCC launched “Not for play – keep them away” together with the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA). As part of the campaign, families were given free cupboard catchers and information packs, containing instructions on how to keep all household cleaning products securely stored away from children.
Gas Safety Week, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, took place from 15th– 21st September 2014. The aim was to raise awareness of gas safety in the home.
“New research, carried out among registered engineers, revealed that at least 68,000 homes escaped from deadly gas incidents, such as gas leaks, fires, explosions and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, in the last year. Around half of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and it had been left in a poor state” Taken from the Gas Safety Week 2014 Report.
Every year in the UK, over a quarter of a million children under the age or 5 have to go to hospital because of a fall, scald or swallowing something that may be harmful. Most of these accidents happen in the home or garden.
Not much is known about the best ways of stopping accidents at home, which is why University of Nottingham are doing this study. The aim is to develop guidelines (“Injury Prevention Briefings”) for organisations who work with children about important home safety advice for families, and the best way in which to provide this.
The Gas Safety Charity is running a programme which aims to teach school-age children in South Wales the importance of gas safety. The charity are using a theatre roadshow to deliver the important messages of gas safety.
Gas Safe Register is launching its fourth national Gas Safety Week on the 15th– 21st September. Gas Safety Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety amongst the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. Its aim is to educate people on how to stay safe at home and protect themselves from the risks of unsafe gas appliances, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas. So far over 1,400 organisations have pledged their support for the week to raise awareness of gas safety. They’re helping to remind the public to always check their engineer is registered and qualified for the work they need doing by checking their Gas Safe ID card. Have you pledged your support too? Further information: www.GasSafetyWeek.co.uk
The family of a newlywed, who died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, has set up an e-petition calling on the government for new legislation to ensure CO alarms are fitted with carbon burning appliances. RoSPA supports this suggestion, but warns that while an alarm will alert people to CO in the home, it is no substitute for using a registered engineer to ensure appliances are regularly serviced and maintained.
Home Safety Scotland’s popular home safety checklist has now been updated. The checklist was developed to assist people to identify the changes that will improve their safety and their family’s safety. This resource can be used for all age groups and can be accessed via the HSS website. For a direct link to the checklist please click here.
Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.
In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.
Gas Map is a nationwide interactive map which shows consumers gas dangers and risks in their area simply by entering their postcode. It works in a similar way to the crime maps provided by the police, and is intended to inspire consumer behaviour change around gas safety, encouraging people to get their gas appliances checked or maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Every year thousands of infants need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found in and around the home, with on average 15 under-5s admitted to hospital each day due to suspected poisoning. With this in mind, RoSPA and the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of household cleaning products.
On 11th September a Parliamentary question was lodged asking the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to warn parents and carers of the danger from children swallowing laundry or dishwasher tablets. To see the response please click here.
An interactive safety resource for primary school children in Scotland, called Go Safe Scotland, has been launched in Glasgow. This resource will help to deliver key safety messages and support the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence. Many partners have been involved throughout the creation of the resource and RoSPA in Scotland is pleased to be involved with this great initiative.
A new website has been developed by the group, Home Safety Scotland. This group consists of home safety officers, community safety officers, health promotion officers and others from various local authorities and health boards and representatives from private companies. The group meets every two months to discuss different ways to take home safety forward.
RoSPA have secured funding from the Scottish Government to roll out Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme (SHSES). This pilot project will involve working with eight local areas to ensure that 800 families benefit from a comprehensive package of safety equipment.
For further details on the project please contact Carlene McAvoy on firstname.lastname@example.org
A new child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health Midlands to support its Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP). The aim of the programme is to reduce and prevent unintentional injury to children within the home by supporting parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.
Hundreds of families are being given the opportunity to secure essential home safety equipment in areas of Scotland as part of a special scheme.
Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme, which was launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) on April 11th 2013, has been made a reality thanks to £265,000 of funding from the Scottish Government. This approach supports the Early Years Collaborative, which aims to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up by reducing inequalities for all families across the country and ensuring that all children have the best start in life.
RoSPA in Northern Ireland have launched a hair straightener campaign called Too Hot to Handle to help raise awareness of the dangers of hot hair straighteners. A blog on this campaign can be found on our blog spot Safety Gone Sane. There is also an accompanying campaign video.
The Gas Safe Register is encouraging people, and in particular the elderly, to take advantage of free gas safety checks if they are eligible to help ensure they have well maintained and safe gas appliances. It has been reported that “£134 million worth of potentially life-saving gas safety checks offered free by the energy suppliers go unclaimed every year.