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Summer safety made easy

The Child Accident Prevention Trust brings you essential safety messages to share with parents and carers.  During the summer break, here are some simple reminders to help keep this summer fun.

At home

Open windows

Sadly, each summer brings reports of children suffering injuries after falling from windows or balconies.  Even falls from ground level can cause serious harm to small children.

  • Keep furniture away from windows so that children can’t climb up and fall out.
  • Window catches or locks make windows much safer as they limit how far they can open.  If you can, fit them to your windows.

Ponds and pools

Babies and toddlers can drown in as little as 5cm (2”) of water.  They drown silently so you may not notice any noise to alert you.

  • Stay with small children when they are around paddling pools or ponds.
  • It’s best to get into the habit of emptying paddling pools when children have finished playing with them.
  • Make sure your child can’t get into neighbours’ gardens with ponds or pools.

Barbecues

A barbecue can stay hot enough to cause serious burns for a long time after it’s been used.  All barbecues produce carbon monoxide.  It’s fine outdoors but deadly in an enclosed space.

  • Keep children away from hot barbecues and teach them never to touch them.
  • Never take a lit or smouldering barbecue inside a house, tent, caravan or boat.

Swimming

At the beach

  • Keep children off inflatables when an orange windsock is flying at the beach.
  • Make sure children swim between the two-coloured red and yellow flags where lifeguards patrol.

Older children

Older children and teenagers who are good swimmers are still at risk of drowning.

  • Encourage older children to swim in safe places where they are supervised, like public swimming pools.
  • Explain the dangers of swimming in canals, lakes or rivers from things like strong currents, deep water and objects or rocks lurking.

Abroad

In the past six years, 30 UK children have drowned on holiday abroad.

  • Don’t assume hotel pools have lifeguards, supervise children playing near or in water.

Watch the Danger Age video which shows three common drowning risks to young children.

Holiday rentals and hotels

Don’t forget the safety measures you take automatically at home!

  • Keep medicines and cleaning things out of young children’s reach.
  • Move furniture away from windows, and if your holiday home or hotel room has a balcony, make sure young children are supervised.
  • Tie blind cords out of reach of young children.
  • Children under six shouldn’t sleep on the top bunk.
  • Check the smoke alarms are working when you arrive and make sure you know how to get out if there is a fire.  We also strongly recommend an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

Camping, caravans, motor homes, camper vans and boats

If your accommodation has a fuel burning appliance, it’s important to get it serviced regularly and have an audible carbon monoxide alarm.  If you’re renting you can take one with you.

Remember: never take a lit barbecue inside, not even into a tent.  They might seem well ventilated but they’re not. Carbon monoxide kills.

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