Category Archives: Home Safety

SCOTLAND: SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DEBATE ON HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEMES

In November 2014, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) acknowledged the importance of home safety equipment fitting schemes in a parliamentary debate.  The debate recognised that young children are at risk of serious accidents in the home and can be protected with vital information and the use of some simple equipment.  d

 

EUROPE: NEW EU RULES ON LIQUITABS AIM TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM HARM

From 1st June 2015, manufacturers of detergent capsules will have to adapt how they produce their products and packaging.  This new legislation will help protect and deter children from harmful consumption of detergent. The changes to liquitabs and detergent capsules involves adding a bitter tasting agent to deter children from swallowing the contents; to improve the strength of the soluble coating and for the products to contains warnings of the danger of consumption.

 

SCOTLAND: FIVE YEARLY CHECKS ON ELECTRICS IN RENTED HOMES

Electrical Safety First are delighted to announce that the Scottish Housing Bill has been passed, including an amendment requiring five yearly checks on electrics in rented homes. In addition to this, a joint report has been published with Shelter on standards in the private rented sector.

ENGLAND: NEW PHE REPORT – REDUCING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN AND AROUND THE HOME AMONG CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS

Public Health England (PHE) has launched two new reports on preventing accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road.  RoSPA and CAPT were commissioned by PHE to undertake this work and these were launched to coincide with Child Safety Week, which as you know is taking place this week.

UK: WHY CHILDREN DIE

UK children are at a higher risk of premature death than their Western European counterparts due to the growing gap between rich and poor and a lack of targeted public health policies to reduce child deaths, finds a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

Why Children Die reviewed existing UK evidence on child deaths and their causes, and one of the recommendations states “local authorities should make maximum use of children’s centres, health visiting services and safety equipment schemes to educate and equip parents to keep their children safe; with a focus on water safety, safe sleeping and blind cord injury prevention”.

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

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.

SCOTLAND: NEW CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE BILL PASSED

Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell has welcomed Parliament’s backing for new laws to provide greater support for children and families.  For the full story on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill please click here.

BLIND CORD SAFETY – NEW LEGISLATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 2013

In early 2014 new regulations will come into force regarding window blind safety.  The revised standard will ensure that new blinds must be safe by design or be supplied with the appropriate child safety device installed.

ESC RESPONSE TO PARLIAMENTARY REPORT ON PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has welcomed the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee’s recommendation that private sector landlords be required to undertake a mandatory five-yearly check of electrical installations in their properties.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS IN NEW NI HOMES NOW COMPULSORY

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: October 2012

Carbon monoxide alarms have become a legal requirement in all new homes in Northern Ireland.

ANEURIN BEVAN HEALTH BOARD HOME SAFETY STRATEGY

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

The Aneurin Bevan Health Board has launched a Home Safety Scheme Strategy setting out the direction of home safety for under-5s in the region.The strategy aims to reduce unintentional injury through the co-ordination and standardisationof current home safety.

REDUCING HOME ACCIDENTS – A STRATEGIC APPROACH FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

In 2004, the Northern Ireland Department for Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSS&PS) produced a five year Home Accident Prevention Strategy and Action Plan. The main objectives of the Strategy were to reduce home accidents, particularly in those most at risk (under 5s and over 65s); to raise awareness of the causes and promote effective preventative measures; to promote and facilitate effective training, skills and knowledge across all relevant organisation, groups and individuals.

HOME ACCIDENT PREVENTION STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN 2004-2009

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2004

The overall aim is “To reduce the number of accidental deaths and injuries in the home.” It is recognised that this aim will take time to achieve and therefore this 5 year plan represents only the first phase of a long-term strategy to increase people’s awareness of the dangers and to highlight ways to prevent home accidents. In addition, the aim will only be realised through an integrated partnership approach including statutory, voluntary and community sectors.