Child Safety

Promoting child safety and preventing unintentional injuries (accidents)

Children are naturally curious. They explore the world around them. But everywhere, particularly in the comfort of their own home, there are dangers - both obvious and hidden.  This site aims to support parents and all who care for children by highlighting many of these dangers and giving valuable tips on how to help keep children safe in and around their home.


It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a window blind or curtain cord: 

child at window blindBlind and curtain cords are a serious strangulation risk to children.  Do not fit blinds and curtains with cords attached.  If you do have them, and cannot replace them, take steps now to make them safer - visit our child safety around windows page to find out more and to view two video clips which starkly highlight the dangers associated with blind and curtain cords.

As you may be visiting friends and relations over the long weekend, remember that they may have blinds or curtains with cords attached in their homes.

Have a safe and happy St Patrick's weekend.

Visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest

Latest "product recalls" by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are available at

A to Z of Child Safety TopicsActivity CornerAsphyxia - Choking, Strangulation, SuffocationBurns and ScaldsChild Safer Home

Cuts and BleedingElectricity and GasEmergency ServicesFalling, climbing, grabbingFarm Safety

Fire SafetyFirst Aid Hot TopicsOutdoor PlaySafety around Pets

Poison PreventionPublicationsRoad and Transport SafetySafe Sleep - reducing the risk of Cot Death / Sudden Infant Deathsharing

Smoke-free home and carSun SafetyToy SafetyWater SafetyWindow and Balcony Safety

 *The words we use in the Child Safety Programme:

  • "Accident" implies an unpredictable and, therefore, unavoidable event.
  • However, we know that most childhood injuries, and the events leading to them, are predictable and preventable.
  • This is why the Child Safety Awareness Programme favours the use of the term "unintentional injury".

About this site:

This child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health - Midlands to support the Child Safety Programme (CSP).

More detailed information and further topics will be added over time.The information points on these webpages are neither complete or exhaustive - they are intended as prompts to raise consciousness of child safety. If you have a concern that is not covered here, please contact the public health nurse at your local health centre.

Information changes over time - in line with emerging issues and guidance and also in response to queries from health professionals and parents/guardians and others who care for children.

When using information or resources contained here, please acknowledge the source.

Through this website you are able to link to sites outside of the HSE. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites.


Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:

Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger

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The following images, unless otherwise stated, are from - Let's play © Kirill Linnick; Building blocks (adapted)by Wee Sen Goh under Flickr Creative Commons Licence; Irish Water Safety Week image from ; 3D man crawling © Martin Konz;  In the loop informed knowledge sharing information © Iqoncept; Exclamation Mark © Pkruger; Pedestrian crossing road sign © Sergey Salivon; Curious Cartoon Dog © Jsatt83; Pool Reflection © Arindam Banerjee; Sun © Antonio Mirabile; Crayons © sarmum