Every year over 1,000 children in Somerset end up in hospital because of injuries caused by accidents like slips, scolds and swallowing household objects, and almost half of these injuries are caused by falls.
Most people assume their home is a safe place but most injuries to children under five happen at home. You can take simple actions to prevent serious injuries happening.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – ROSPA
ROSPA promotes safety and the prevention of accidents in the home, at work, at leisure, on the road and through safety education.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
You can find lots of information about safety in your home, around water, railways and fireworks on their website. The service also offers a free Home Safety Check.
Road Safety Education in Somerset
Somerset Road Safety is committed to reducing the number of collisions and casualties on the county’s roads by promoting safer driving. You can find out more about the work they do on their website.
Child Accident Prevention Trust
You can find more information about how to prevent accidents in the home on the Child Accident Prevention Trust website and on their Facebook page.
You can also find services to support you.
NHS Choices has lots of guidance to help prevent accidents.