Category Archives: Home Safety

WORLD: HARD-HITTING VIDEO COULD SAVE TODDLERS’ LIVES

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.

Further Information: http://www.anchorit.gov/

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 2014 REPORT

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.

UK: ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME’ PROGRAMME

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.

 

 

WALES: PUBLIC HEALTH WALES SUPPORTS ‘GAS SAFETY ROADSHOW’ FOR SCHOOLS IN SOUTH WALES

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.

EUROPE: HOME SAFETY VIDEO DEMONSTRATES HAZARDS FROM A TODDLER’S PERSPECTIVE

The following video was created Sicheres Vorarlberg, a safety organisation in Austria (http://www.sicheresvorarlberg.at/videothek/)

UK: KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME – NEW GUIDE OFFERING ACTIVITIES AND ADVICE ON HOME SAFETY

A major resource from the Keeping Children Safe at Home project is now freely available for downloading from http://tiny.cc/kcspage.  The resource Injury Prevention Briefing: Preventing unintentional injuries to the under fives: a guide for practitioners offers activities and advice focusing on preventing falls, scalds, fire-related injuries and poisonings.

The Briefing includes sections dealing with general prevention issues such as the link between accidents and deprivation, and evaluation methods; eleven activities to be run with parents; and background information about each of the injury topics.

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://tiny.cc/kcspage

PARACHUTE – A CANADIAN CHARITABLE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PREVENTING INJURIES AND SAVING LIVES

Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/

Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 15th– 21st SEPTEMBER 2014 – FIGHTING FOR A GAS SAFE NATION

Gas Safe Register is launching its fourth national Gas Safety Week on the 15th– 21st September.Gas-Safety-Week-14-web-banner-300x250 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

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.

EUROPE: RAPID ALERT SYSTEM ON DANGEROUS PRODUCTS – RAPEX 2013

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States. This figure indicates a 3.8% rise in alerts compared to 2012 and continues the increasing trend which has been apparent since the establishment of RAPEX in 2003.

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: BLIND CORD SAFETY

It has come to light that a two year old girl has died after getting entangled in a window blind cord during a game of hide and seek with her older brother.  Her mother found her behind a curtain in their home in Sunderland – www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sophie-allen-death-mums-agony-3470110.

Please can you all continue to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding looped cords to help prevent these tragic accidents from happening.  RoSPA have a lot of information on their website http://www.rospa.com/about/currentcampaigns/blindcords/ and please also have a look at the revised Make it Safe leaflet on blind cord safety

SCOTLAND: HOME SAFETY SCOTLAND CHECKLIST UPDATED

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.

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.

UK: NEW GAS MAP TOOL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2014

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.

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY – ROSPA ACTS ON CHILD POISONINGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

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.

http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/childsafety/household-cleaning-products.aspx

GO SAFE SCOTLAND – NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR CHILDREN

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.

REDUCING POISONING – ‘LOCK UP YOUR LIQUI-TABS’ FREE POSTER

Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced a new free poster, ‘Lock up your Liqui-tabs’.  The aim of this poster is to inform parents about the dangers of ‘liqui-tabs’.

NEW HOME SAFETY SCOTLAND WEBSITE

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.

NEW FIRE SAFETY RESOURCE FOR LANDLORDS

Firemark’ is a programme developed by DSFRS that will provide fire and rescue services and their partners with information to support landlords through a short interactive training and advice session.

ROSPA HOME SAFETY POSITION STATEMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA’s revised home safety position statements are now available.  The position statements cover a wide range of home safety issues and concerns.

 

 

NEW CHILD SAFETY WEBSITE

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

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.

ROSPA HOME SAFETY POSITION STATEMENTS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA’s revised home safety position statements are now available.  The position statements cover a wide range of home safety issues and concerns.  The document can be viewed within the home safety section of the RoSPA website but here is a direct link to it: http://www.rospa.com/HomeSafety/PositionStatements/index.html.

HOME SAFETY QUIZ, ROSPA WALES

Home Safety Quiz in Welsh

HOME ELECTRICAL SAFETY CHECK’ APP FROM ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The new ESC app allows anyone – whether they live in the home or are looking to move into it – to do a quick, visual check, to ensure its electrically safe. Designed to be as easy-to-use as possible, the app highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems.

FREE FUN KITS FROM ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL (ESC)

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The ESC has produced a fun free kit for kids aged 4-8 years about electrical safety.

INTERACTIVE SOCKET OVERLOAD CALCULATOR

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2003

The Electrical Safety Council have developed an interactive electrical socket overload calculator help householders understand how they can avoid overloading their sockets and reduce the risk of fire.