Keeping your children safe can be a parent's greatest worry. Strong Start can support you to do this.
How can I keep my child safe?
Keeping your children safe can seem very overwhelming, but if you have an awareness of the potential dangers in your home you can make your home as safe as possible which will minimise the risk of serious accidents.
Children will have accidents, especially as they become mobile and start exploring the world around them. This is part of developing and learning. However, if you are aware of the dangers in your home you can hopefully prevent any major incidents.
Safe child virtual programme
We have created a series of videos about different aspects of home safety which can be found on our YouTube channel.
This video explains more about child safety and introduces the other videos available in this series.
Safety equipment can help to create a safer environment for your child but it doesn’t replace the need for supervision, especially with younger children. This video gives advice on using stair gates and other considerations.
Falls are the most common cause for accidental injury in children. This video explores what you can do to prevent falls and drowning.
High chairs are very useful but, as with any baby equipment, they can be dangerous if used incorrectly. This video explains how to use a high chair safely.
Use our check list to ensure you are keeping your child as safe as possible when using a high chair:
Poison is any substance that is harmful to your body. Many different types of poison exist and poisoning is one of the most common reasons for a visit to Accident and Emergency. This video looks at different types of poisons that can be found in the home and what you can do to prevent poisoning.
Asphyxia is when the body is deprived of oxygen which can be caused by suffocation, strangulation or choking. This video will support you to minimise the risk of asphyxiation.
Social media is a useful way of keeping in touch but you need to be aware of the risks associated with what you share. This video explains what you should consider when you are online.
Everyday fire risks are present in our homes. This video shows you how to minimise the risk of fire in your home.
See our safety around the home guide and example escape plan for advice on how to minimise fire risk in your home and how to create an escape plan for any emergency situation.
There are many things in your homes that can cause burns and scalds to your children. This video explains how you can minimise the risk of your children receiving a burn.
Every day in the UK, 12 children under 10 die in a car accident, or are injured. Car seats save lives. This video looks at car seat safety, and how to keep your baby or child safe in the car.
Cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is a common worry for new parents. Cot death is rare, about 200 cases occur a year in the UK, and usually happens in the first 6 months. There are no definite known causes for it but experts agree that there are some factors which may contribute to cot death. This video explains some measures you can put in place to minimise the risk.
Use our night time check list and safe sleeping guide to keep your family as safe as possible at bed time:
Kitchens are often one of the busiest rooms within the home, see our kitchen safety guide for tips on how you can minimise the risk of your children getting injured.