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Child safety warning for parents at home

Hospitals admit four kids an hour injured at home

Four children are admitted to hospital every hour after an accident in the home, according to new figures.

Swallowing harmful substances, falling down stairs and scalds and burns are among the most commonplace accidents to happen.

But items such as hair straighteners, washing tablets and liquitabs also pose a serious risk to babies and children, according to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).

Child safety at home

According to 2008/9 accident figures published to coincide with Child Safety Week, more than 35,000 under-fives were admitted to hospital in England. Of those, hospitals admitted each day:

  • six toddlers with burns or scalds
  • 11 toddlers having swallowed a potentially harmful substance
  • 45 toddlers following a serious fall.

Meanwhile, nearly 200 inquiries were received about incidents involving Bold and Ariel liquitabs.

In contrast, the CAPT found 80% of parents think their home is the safest place for their children – and one in five says making their home safer ‘takes too much time and energy’. The CAPT is urging parents to spend two minutes every day making sure their homes are hazard-free.

For tips on how to baby and childproof your home, take a look at our baby safety equipment guide – covering essential baby safety products like stairgates and window locks along with helpful extras such as fire guards to help make your home a safer place.

Child safety essentials

Along with exercising extra care and vigilance at home, it’s also essential to invest in baby products that are as safe and secure as possible. That’s where Which?’s baby product testing comes in. 

Safety is our number one concern when it comes to testing baby equipment – and our combine safety with top performance. We’ve rigorously lab tested child car seats, pushchairs, stair gates and baby monitors.

As part of child safety week we’ve been calling for backless booster seats to be banned and have been on the road checking the nation’s child car seats, uncovering some worrying findings. Take a look at our Child Safety Week video to find out more, as well as tips on how to properly fit a child car seat.

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