Safer homes for Somerset children: together we’ve got this!

Somerset County and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week 2018 (4-10th June 2018) to help keep children safe at home.

The Council is working with Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue Service to continue to make homes in Somerset safer.   Families may be eligible for free home safety and fire safety equipment.

The team will focus on the need to need to find more eligible Somerset families who can receive a safer homes referral and to reach out to families everywhere in Somerset to promote home safety and fire safety.

Accidents are a leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children and young people in the UK. They often happen when people are distracted and serious accidents can happen very quickly, for example when checking social media or taking selfies.

In Somerset the leading cause for the under 5’s having avoidable injuries is falls in their own home. These incidents are largely preventable

Cllr. Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Somerset County Council said: “Keeping children safe from harm is only one part of parenting, educating children on safety is a work in progress which changes continually as the child grows.

“We are working in partnership to give parents and carers a helping hand in the home to feel more confident and prepared to keep their children safe by providing home safety and fire safety equipment.

“Child accident prevention cannot be achieved by one organization alone and so agencies have pulled together the Somerset Childhood Accident Strategy to try and reduce the number of children being admitted to hospital as a result of preventable injuries.”

The national message during the awareness week this year is ‘Together we have got this!”   In Somerset professionals are working together sharing safety advice to raise awareness of home safety and to help keep our children safe.

To find out more about the ‘Safer Homes’ project or suggest a family speak to your local Health Visitor or Get Set.

Further information:
Child Accident Prevention Trust https://www.capt.org.uk/
Positive About Breastfeeding https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/breastfeeding/

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