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.
Food tends to be a big part of Christmas gatherings. Enjoy the celebrations but remember that the shapes and textures of some foods mean they’re more likely to cause choking in children under the age of 5 years. So keep peanuts, popcorn, small food items, marshmallows, chewing gum and boiled sweets out of their reach. It is important too that your child sits still whilst eating - this helps prevent choking incidents. Bon appetit!
Visit our choking and Child Safety at Christmas pages for more information.
Visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest
Latest "product recalls" by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are available at www.ccpc.ie
*The words we use in the Child Safety Awareness 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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