A new safety campaign has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to help reduce the number of domestic accidents involving under-5s in Scotland .
With lockdown rules encouraging people to stay home more often, accidents are on the rise.
Each year the UK sees around 6000 deaths caused by accidents in the home. In Scotland alone each year an average of 1856 children under the age of 5 require hospital attention due to severe injuries caused at home.
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Evidence reports that falls, poisonings, burns and scalds are the most common injuries seen in pre-school children at A&E.
Liz Lumsden, RoSPA’s community safety manager for Scotland, said: “Due to their inquisitive nature, children under the age of five are among the most likely to end up in A&E because of a home accident.
“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, many of us have spent more time at home than we may otherwise have done which can increase the likelihood of little ones having a mishap.”
Slips, trips and falls are a common source of accidents for under 5s in the home.
You can help prevent falls : Use a highchair and five point safety harness.
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In order to prevent home accidents among young children in Scotland, RoSPA will be organising a campaign this week in order to raise awareness of key home safety messages. The campaign will be supported by Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership, Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish Government, and will advise how to avoid common accidents in the home through short videos.
Commenting on the campaign Community Safety Minister, Ash Denham MSP, said: “I am pleased to see the launch of this campaign which looks to help prevent accidents in the home among young children.
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“With children spending more time indoors at home, and the added factor of many parents having to juggle childcare with working from home, we know there is an increased risk of potential accidents.
“I would like to thank the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for their continued dedication to help keep our children and young people in Scotland safe during these unprecedented times.”
You can find further home safety advice on the Keeping Kids Safe hub.