Safety fears revealed in parents' pollChild falling down stairs tops home hazards fears

20 March 2010

Child stair gates

We've put a range of stair gates through rigorous tests

Parents fear their child falling down stairs more than they fear any other accident in the home, according to a new poll. 

Of parents surveyed by safety equipment maker Clippasafe, 27% said the child falling down the stairs was their greatest concern, among hazards in the home. 

It is reported that, on average, around 41,000 under-fives visit A&E each year in the UK after tumbling down a flight of stairs. 

Stair gates

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Plug socket covers

Other concerns expressed in the poll of 700 parents included burns from ovens and hobs (21%), scalding caused by hot bath water (17%), potential poisoning from medication and cleaning products (16%) and the dangers presented by plug sockets and electrical equipment (12%).

Which? put a range of socket covers - including one from Clippasafe - through independent tests to see how easy they would be for a child to remove. Check out our socket covers review to get the lowdown on plug socket safety - and see which four covers were the hardest socket covers to remove.

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