Every year over 1,000 children in Somerset end up in hospital because of injuries caused by accidents like slips, scolds and swallowing household objects. Almost half of these injuries are caused by falls.

Most people assume their home is a safe place but most injuries to children under five happen at home. You can take simple actions to prevent serious injuries happening. Lots of organisations provide information on how you minimise the risks to your family.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – ROSPA

ROSPA promotes safety and the prevention of accidents in the home, at work, at leisure, on the road and through safety education.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

You can find lots of information about safety in your home, around water, railways and fireworks on their website. The service also offers a free Home Safety Check.

Road Safety Education in Somerset

Somerset Road Safety is committed to reducing the number of collisions and casualties on the county’s roads by promoting safer driving. You can find out more about the work they do on their website

Child Accident Prevention Trust

You can find more information about how to prevent accidents in the home on the Child Accident Prevention Trust website and on their Facebook page.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices has lots of guidance to help prevent accidents. You can find baby and toddler safety information here

Last reviewed:July 12, 2022 byJennifer

Next review due:January 12, 2023

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