Small things can increase child safety

June 9, 2006 at 6:15 PM
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LONDON, June 9 (UPI) -- Preventing child accidents involves teaching children safety habits and having adults follow safety habits as well, a London official says.

"Most accidents are caused by very simple things -- like a toddler tripping on a toy and falling downstairs, or someone spilling a hot drink while passing it over a child's head. Nearly 300 children are admitted to (a British) hospital every day because of accidents and, tragically, nearly every day one child dies," says Katrina Phillips, chief executive of Child Accident Prevention Trust.

"We want to remind parents, grandparents, older children, childminders -- and everyone who comes into contact with children -- that preventing accidents doesn't have to be a big deal."

Spending a couple of minutes teaching children to put their toys away, making a resolution never to pass hot drinks over a child's head, getting into the habit of always putting matches and cleaning products in a safe place, maintaining smoke alarm and watching speed when driving, can mean the difference between safety and serious injury for a child, according to Phillips.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, older children and family friends can find tips on how to put a child's safety first at the trust's Web site

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