Preventing accidents

Accidents in the home are the second biggest cause of children attending A&E. every year, around 2 million children under the age of 15 are taken to A&E after being injured in or around the home.

Children under the age of five are most likely to have an accident at home – mainly because they are less able to assess danger. Most accidents in the home are caused by:

  • falls from a height
  • burns and scalds from fire, hot water or hot objects
  • choking or suffocating
  • poisoning form swallowing a harmful substance or object
  • drowning

There are hazards in every home but there are some simple changes you can make to reduce the risk of accidents. These include keeping small objects out of the reach of children and fitting safety gates to stairs.

Most accidents can be treated with first aid at home. However, there may be times when you need to call NHS 111, ring 999 or visit A&E.

More information on preventing accidents in the home can be found on the NHS Choices website.

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