The HSE Midlands has recently introduced a dedicated child safety section on www.hse.ie.
The webpage, www.hse.ie/childsafety, was developed as part of the Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP) by the Department of Public Health in the Midlands. Its aim is to reduce and prevent ‘unintentional injury’ to children within the home. The main focus of the programme is to empower and support parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.
Brenda Shannon, Department of Public Health, HSE Midlands said, “While children are surrounded by injury risks, the good news is that 9 out of 10 unintentional injuries can be prevented by thinking safety and acting safely in everything we do. It is our responsibility, as parents, guardians and carers, to make sure our children’s world is as safe as possible. Knowledge is power and action is key! If we know the dangers, we can do something about them”.
Brenda emphasises, “The key message where child safety is concerned is - watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger. It is important for us to provide information for parents that is clear, concise and accessible. I believe the dedicated webpage achieves this and it will be updated regularly so we can be as responsive as possible.”
Christmas is an exciting and magical time for children - holidays, family gatherings and Santa bringing presents.
Of course parents and carers are usually busier than ever at Christmas! Often this results in reduced supervision of children and this, along with changes in normal routines at home - children with new toys or equipment and more people than usual in the house - can often lead to unintentional injuries (accidents) to children.
Research shows children suffer more unintentional injuries at this festive time, so remember the key message where child safety is concerned is - Watch your child at all times as children do not understand danger.
As part of your preparation for Christmas, the HSE is calling on everyone to take child safety seriously. Visit www.hse.ie/childsafety and share the link with your family and friends. Seasonal topics include; advice to help keep children safe at Christmas, Safety tips for Christmas lights and a Christmas safety game which takes a look at the common Christmas dangers.