Accidents, small children

Each year in the UK, a large number of children between 0-5 years old are injured, some seriously, in accidents in the home. Falls are the most common type of accident, and they also have the most serious consequences. The kitchen and the stairs are where the majority of serious accidents happen, with a total of 43,000 accidents occurring in the kitchen and 58,000 on the stairs.

Children aged between 0-4 years of age are most likely to have an accident in the home, and boys are more at risk than girls.

In the past, the cost of accidents to children in the home has been estimated at over £200 million a year, and it can cost up to £250,000 to treat a single child with severe bath water scalds. However, the physical and emotional costs of such an accident, in terms of permanent scarring and the psychological trauma for the child and their family, can be far greater.

Accidents to children in the home often occur when adults are distracted, or do not provide adequate supervision. They can happen very quickly and are more likely to occur when you are under stress or in a rush, or when there is a change to your usual routine.

However, by identifying and understanding the potential risks for accidents in the home, it is possible to take some basic safety measures that will keep your children safe and give you peace of mind.

Support

The Child Accident Prevention Trust is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.