National Family Safety Week To Launch In Dundee

Family Safety Week – the national campaign of safety charity RoSPA – is this year being launched in Dundee in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers faced by under-fives in their own homes.

One child under the age of five is killed in an accident every week, and accidents remain the biggest killer of children and young people up to the age of 19, with the disadvantaged most at risk.

The majority of life-changing accidents happen in the home, so this year Family Safety Week (April 23-27) is highlighting the little, simple things parents can do to give their child a brighter beginning and stop them becoming a statistic.

Throughout the week the charity and its partners will be sharing advice and information on household poisons, choking, falls, and incidents that happen at bath time (such as drowning and scalds) and bedtime (such as strangulation).

The week will be launched with an event at Home-Start in Dundee, in partnership with Dundee City Council, where the first of RoSPA’s Keeping Kids Safe packs will be distributed. The packs, which contain accident prevention advice, information and resources for families with under-fives, will be handed out to those most vulnerable to life-changing accidents.

Helen Halls, RoSPA’s campaign project manager, said: “Many people feel comfortable and let their guards down in their own homes, which is why that’s where the majority of really serious accidents happen – ending up in a trip to the hospital or worse.

“Young children are particularly vulnerable as they are starting to explore the world, but don’t yet have an appreciation of its risks and dangers. Yet there are lots of small things we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones, which is what we want to promote this Family Safety Week.”

Alison Kettles, manager of Home-Start Dundee, said: “Home-Start Dundee is pleased to be part of the launch of RoSPA’s Keeping Kids Safe packs and also delighted to be involved in spreading the word about potential risks to young children in the home. Families supported by Home-Start Dundee will benefit from receiving these free packs which will highlight the various dangers within the home and simple steps that can be taken to make the home a safer place for their young children.”

Dundee City Council community safety and public protection convener Councillor Alan Ross said: “We take the prevention of accidents in the home very seriously and the council and its partners work together to address these matters. I am delighted that RoSPA has chosen Dundee to launch Family Safety Week. I would like to thank all the partners in Dundee who have agreed to make sure this initiative is a success.”

To find out more about Family Safety Week, see www.rospa.com/fsw, or keep an eye out for #FSW on Twitter, or on RoSPA’s Facebook page.

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