Spotting dangers to children in the home

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Keeping young children safe at home is the theme for a special event at Belper Town Football Club today.

Accidents are the UK’s biggest killer of children, with under-fives being most at risk in the home, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

In 2012/13, more than 45,000 under-fives suffered accidental injuries which resulted in an admission to hospital in England and the bulk of these accidents were at home. To help reduce the risk, the Belper Group of Children’s Centres - incorporating Belper, Crich and Duffield - will be conveying important messages for parents and other carers in a fun and enjoyable way from 10am until 12pm. All families are welcome.

The event will help mums and dads and other carers see the home and garden from a child’s point of view to help them protect their loved ones from accidents.

Sarah Jackson, of Crich Children’s Centre, said: “Children under five naturally like to explore the world around them and it’s important not to wrap them in cotton wool and to remember that bumps and bruises are a normal part of childhood.

“But simple things, like looking around the home from a child’s point of view, can help spot the more serious hazards that are easy to miss and take steps to make them safer.”