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/

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0-4 IN WALES (2010 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for unintentional injuries in children aged 0-4 years living in Wales.  Percentage of children admitted to hospital and average length of stay are also presented.

Emergency department figures have also been stratified by year, age, gender, mechanism of injury, Local Authority and area-level deprivation.

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Unintentional Injuries in Children aged 0-4 years living in Wales

SCOTLAND: CHILD LIQUITAB INJURIES ‘PLUMMET’ IN GLASGOW AREA AFTER CAMPAIGN

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.

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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: 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.

 

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/)

WALES: BURDEN OF INJURY REPORTS FOCUSING ON ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS, ASSAULTS, POISONINGS AND FALLS.

Following on from the 2012 Wales Burden of Injuries report, PHWs in association with CAPIC, have produced four interim reports focusing on data updates in four key areas; road traffic collisions, assaults, poisonings and falls.  These reports  present additional figures from 2011 and 2012, as well as more detailed socio-economic profiles.

There are still a number of data completeness and coding issues and some of the differences reported here may reflect variations in data quality. Nevertheless, the best way to improve data quality is to use the data and stimulate interest in the results.

To download the reports please click on the links below:

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Road Traffic Collisions

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Poisonings

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Assaults

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Falls

UK: RoSPA RAISES AWARENESS OF CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO SAFETY IN THE HOME

It is up to parents to teach children how to stay safe, according to children in Scotland who took part in a home safety survey conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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.

EUROPE: HOME AND LEISURE INJURIES – SELF-REPORTED INCIDENTS

In addition to the information from registers in
health services, the European Health Interview
Survey (EHIS) contains questions on self-reported injuries.
The indicator on self-reported ‘Injuries at
home, leisure, school’ gives the proportion of
individuals reporting that they had an accident
at home, during leisure activities, and/or at
school during the past 12 months, which
resulted in injury. It also gives the proportion
of individuals reporting that the injury led them
to seek for a medical treatment.

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: NO TO CO! – PETITION TO ENSURE CO ALARMS ARE FITTED WITH CARBON BURNING APPLIANCES

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

CAPT LAUNCHES 2013 BURNS AND SCALDS CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

CAPT have launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of burns and scalds and how to prevent them. Further information can be found at the following link:

 

 

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

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.

DANGERS OF LIQUITABS – SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY RESPONSE

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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.

SEFTON COUNCIL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO REDUCE BATHWATER SCALDS

Sefton Council is the first council in the UK to offer a free thermostatic mixing valve to every family with a child under the age of 5

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.

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.

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’.

NATIONAL SURVEY OF THE INJURY PREVENTION ACTIVITIES OF CHILDREN’S CENTRES

Children’s centres were established across England to provide a range of services including early education, social care and health to pre-school children and their families. The authors surveyed children’s centres to ascertain the activities they were undertaking to prevent unintentional injuries in the under fives. The authors concluded children’s centres need further support if they are to effectively tackle this important public health area.

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.

SCOTLAND’S HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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 cmcavoy@rospa.com

 

 

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.

SCOTLAND’S HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

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 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.

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.

WALES FIRE SERVICE WARNING ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: March 2013

Firefighters are warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide following incidents in homes in west and north Wales.

WHERE TO FIND INJURY DATA AND STATISTICS IN THE UK AND IRELAND?

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2013

To help injury practitioners find relevant and up to date injury related statistics; IOBI have produced guides on where to find injury data in the constituent countries of the UK and Ireland. As well providing guidance on where to find general statistics, links to themed statistics (e.g. road accidents, self-harm, falls) are also provided. England and Wales guides also include: injury related strategies, policies and reviews, and further information on selected injury databases.

Please also refer to Data and Statistics in the Cross-Cutting Themes section

RESEARCH DOCUMENT ON PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

NHS Health Scotland have released the following report ‘Evidence Summary: Public Health Interventions to prevent unintentional injuries among the under 15s”. The research considers injuries that happen in both the home and road environments.

HOME SAFETY QUIZ, ROSPA WALES

Home Safety Quiz in Welsh

TOO HOT TO HANDLE CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

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.

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.

HOME SAFETY EDUCATION AND PROVISION OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

This review evaluates the effectiveness of home safety education, with or without the provision of low cost, discounted or free equipment (hereafter referred to as home safety interventions), in reducing child injury rates or increasing home safety practices and whether the effect varied by social group.

Citation: Kendrick D, Young B, Mason-Jones AJ, Ilyas N, Achana FA, Cooper NJ, Hubbard SJ, Sutton AJ, Smith S, Wynn P, Mulvaney C, Watson MC, Coupland C. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD005014. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005014.pub3

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.

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.

FREE GAS SAFETY CHECKS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

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.

CAN THE HOME EVER BE SAFE?

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

Fife Council has welcomed its first tenants into its first set of newly built Council homes in over two decades. This development in Rosyth not only marks the first of five new build council house developments currently underway in Fife, it also means that Fife is the first Council in Scotland to incorporate all the recommended safety features from RoSPA’s policy document Can the Home ever be Safe?

BARRIERS TO, AND FACILITATORS OF, THE PREVENTION OF UNINTENTIONAL INJURY IN CHILDREN IN THE HOME: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND SYNTHESIS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The review highlights ways in which health inequalities affect the take up and success of home safety interventions, and how health workers can use this knowledge to facilitate future interventions.

Citation: Smithson J, Garside R, Pearson M. IP Online First, published on November 21, 2010 as 10.1136/ip.2010.026989.

THERMOSTATIC MIXING VALVES ARE PROVEN TO REDUCE BATH SCALDS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

A recent study involving the Glasgow Housing Association, the NHS and several universities, led by Professor Denise Kendrick at the University of Nottingham, explored the effectiveness of TMVs in over 100 homes in Glasgow. The study found that TMVs and accompanying educational leaflets are effective at reducing bath hot tap water temperatures in the short and longer term and are acceptable to families. The research team strongly recommends that whenever a bath is being replaced, it should be fitted with a TMV.

EFFECT OF DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT ON DRUG MARKET VIOLENCE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

Conclusions: The report findings suggest that increasing drug law enforcement is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, the existing evidence base suggests that gun violence and high homicide rates may be an inevitable consequence of drug prohibition and that disrupting drug markets can paradoxically increase violence. In this context, and since drug prohibition has not meaningfully reduced drug supply, alternative regulatory models will be required if drug supply and drug market violence are to be meaningfully reduced.

Citation: Werb D, Rowell G, Guyatt G, Kerr T, Montaner J, Wood E. Int. J. Drug Policy 2011; ePub.

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.

INVESTIGATION REVEALS DANGEROUS ELECTRIC BLANKETS ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

Faulty electric blankets are putting too many people across Northern Ireland at risk of injury and fire, say accident prevention campaigners following a series of safety events.

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.

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.