Accident prevention scheme launched as 18,000 under-fives admitted to A&E in one year

The public health team at Hull City Council has developed a series of short videos on risks parents and carers of children under five should be aware of.

A new project designed to cut A&E admissions has been launched ahead of Christmas.

The public health team at Hull City Council has developed a series of short videos on risks parents and carers of children under five should be aware of. Covering common hazards, from trips and falls to scalds and poisoning, the videos are designed to raise awareness of everyday situations which could be dangerous and avoidable.

Last year in Hull 18,000 children aged 0 to five were admitted to A&E:

  • 12,000 with a head injury
  • 108 for poisoning (which can include things like alcohol accidentally consumed)
  • 269 scalds
  • Seven road accidents
  • Six firework-related injuries
  • More than 4,000 other accidents.

Accident prevention specialists have said the festive period can present additional hazards, including candles and alcohol which presents a poisoning hazard and makes adults less vigilant.

April Cundy, Health Improvement Officer at Hull City Council, leads on accident prevention. She said: “As parents and carers we might tend to assume we know the risks in our homes – but the statistics show that’s not the case. Lots of children are injured every year in accidents which could be prevented and these videos are designed to raise awareness of the things we should all be considering.

“Accidents are usually preventable and awareness and being prepared makes all the difference. All the videos will be available via our different channels – youtube, social media and our website – and they all last just a few seconds.

“Most accidents children have result in relatively minor injuries, but they can be life-changing and even fatal. We’re giving parents and carers all the information and advice they need to protect their children”.

View the videos online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcBxb5JnuZSxxJDRfnF2HUw/. There is also a free downloadable booklet available highlighting possible accidents and how to avoid then visit: www.hull.goodeggsafety.com.

Hull City Council operates a safety award scheme for childcare settings – Focus On Safety. The award is endorsed by the Childhood Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and raises awareness of accident risk among nursery staff and parents through training and activities. Check to see if your provider has the award here: http://www.hull.gov.uk/business/business-advice/focus-safety-award-nurseries.

[Hull City Council]

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