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Are poisonous gifts under your tree this Christmas?

Itchy skin, vomiting, and rashes are some of the gifts small children could unwrap this Christmas, warns a local safety group.

And this is in addition to the range of hazards that appear around the home with button batteries from toys, hot ovens on all day, and boiling pots and pans all presenting a danger for under-fives at home.

Buy Wise Be Safe (BWBS) is encouraging adults to think twice before mistakes are made that could result in a young child being injured by launching a festive-themed campaign promoting safety around the home.

For 12 consecutive days from the 1st December, the group will highlight some of the potential dangers that could go unnoticed around the home – from old and unsafe Christmas lights, to advice about buying safe toys and not being tempted by cheaper fakes that can flood the market this time of year.

Some fakes on the market this year can have sickening consequences according to BWBS spokesman, Stuart Radnedge. He warns, “The must-have toys list, compiled by top retailers, lists a number of items that experts expect to be under the Christmas tree this year. One of these is slime creation kits.

“It’s no surprise that children like these products and the fact they can be customised, with glitter or different coloured beads, means they’ll appeal to a wider market. These products made in Europe will be made to current high safety standards.

“Imported items sold on the high street have been seized, tested, and found to contain excessive levels of boron – which can cause vomiting, rashes and skin irritation.”

But it’s not just toys that will be focused on in the #12DaysOfSafety campaign being promoted by BWBS, as general home safety messages are also needed during this busy time of year.

Each year in England approximately 55 children and young people die, 370,000 attend accident and emergency and 40,000 are admitted to hospital as an emergency as a result of injuries that happen around the home. 

By providing parents, carers and professionals with clear advice on buying choices and practical steps that can be taken to promote safety in the home, BWBS hopes to reduce these figures.

 “With many of these injuries occurring due to a lack of supervision, and Christmas being a time when adults are rushing around buying presents, decorating the home and more, the time and attention necessary to ensure children’s safety can be hard to come by,” said Stuart Radnedge.

“As part of the #12DaysOfSafety campaign, we aim to inform and educate adults to ensure the festive season is a time of happiness and joy. Maybe a child in the home at Christmas is a first for this year? Maybe you’ve never heard that electrical items, like lights, have a lifespan during which they are safe to use?”

“Utilising our advice, provided by leading safety experts from all over the South West, can help ensure you have a fun and safe time at home this Christmas.”

Visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for all the advice on #12DaysOfSafety and to gain other safety tips.

To follow the campaign on social media please visit www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe or www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe

Safety group targets reduction in under 5s burns

Buy Wise Be Safe will be sharing best practice online targeting parents and carers of under 5s in a bid to reduce the numbers of small children suffering burns during this time of year.  

There is a noticeable spike in under 5s suffering burns during this time of year which is why Buy Wise Be Safe, a South West based initiative, is highlighting the importance of safety during Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Working once again with University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust (UH Bristol), the duo will be highlighting best practice on the Buy Wise Be Safe website and sharing safety videos on its social media accounts.

Messages from clinicians at the hospital, the South West’s specialist treatment centre for Paediatric Burns, will be posted throughout the #BurnsAwarenessWeek – which runs from October 24th to November 5th.

During the four week period surrounding Bonfire Night admissions to A&E for burn related injuries increase substantially; so to help parents Buy Wise Be Safe has launched a Burns Awareness Week campaign offering great advice to keep youngsters safe.

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said, “The risk of an under 5 suffering a burn at home is heightened during the four weeks surrounding Bonfire Night. The South West, on the whole, has higher than average statistics involving burns and under 5s with the latest three-year study statistics showing it’s the second worst performing region in the country.”

“This statistic is something we’d like to change and, with Halloween and Bonfire night just days away, the risk factor is increasing. But following our handy hints and tips can really help keep a young child in your care safe.”

“We’re really thankful for the partnership we have with UH Bristol. Hopefully we can reduce the amount of people that need their expert care this year!”

Follow our messages via facebook.com/buywisebesafe and twitter.com/buywisebesafe or visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for more detailed advice.

Buy Wise Be Safe launches #SummerSafety campaign

Hot on the heels of the heatwave the country has basked in, Buy Wise Be Safe are launching a campaign that’s aiming to ensure under 5s are safe this summer.
The Summer Safety campaign will contain all the must-know advice and proven best practice to ensure your under 5s have a summer to remember for all the right reasons – with safety at the heart of everything they do.
In tourist hot spots, A&E departments can endure a sudden spike in patients arriving at their doors requiring treatment due to higher population numbers – resulting in lengthy treatment times.
Launching on Monday July 23rd, #SummerSafety will address the many risks that can be found in the home during summer and from travelling to attractions like the beach. During the week-long campaign, parents and carers of under 5s will be reminded of the steps they can take to help keep their kids safe.
Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said: “Summer is a great time for making memories with your family in the sunshine; the last few weeks of the UK’s heatwave have proven that. But it’s also a season which can produce its own unique risks.”
“All of these seasonal risks will be highlighted in our #SummerSafety campaign – with travel advice to time at the seaside, safety in the sun to staying safe at home all covered. Yet again, Buy Wise Be Safe will be your number one guide to help you and your family enjoy a safe summer.”
Visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for all the advice on #SummerSafety and to gain other safety tips.
To follow the campaign on social media please visit www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe or www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe

Poisoning Prevention campaign launches Monday

Buy Wise Be Safe have launched a campaign aiming to reduce the number of under 5s being accidentally poisoned.

A recent report published by Public Health England demonstrated that accidental poisoning is on the rise in the South West, with more children aged 0-4 being rushed to A&E.  Buy Wise Be Safe is therefore dedicating its June campaign to #PoisoningPrevention to try and make a positive change.

Launching on Monday June 4th, to coincide with the nationwide Child Accident Prevention Week, #PoisoningPrevention will address the many poisoning risks that can be found in a home and the steps parents and carers of under 5s can take to make their homes safer.

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said: “There’s a number of poisoning risks in the modern home with cleaning chemicals, plant feeds, and other maybe innocuous seeming substances all potentially to hand for the adventurous child.  However, as the statistics from Public Health England reveal, the biggest risk is actually medicines with a staggering 69% of the total number of poisonings in the UK involving medicine.

“There are a variety of reasons as to why accidental poisonings happen but we believe they are all preventable and our campaign will provide parents/carers with the awareness they need to prevent poisoning.”

Visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for all the advice on #PoisoningPrevention and to gain other safety tips.

To follow the campaign on social media please visit www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe or www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe

Buy Wise Be Safe promotes #SpringSafety with help from the RNLI

NEXT week sees the launch of the first Buy Wise Be Safe (BWBS) campaign of 2018 – with water safety at the heart of our messages.

Whilst occurrences of drowning are rare it still accounts for more fatalities in the under 5s than any other unintentional injury.  For every nine  children taken to hospital, due to a drowning incident in the home, one is tragically killed.

With Spring (hopefully) sprung and Summer not too far away, BWBS has once again teamed up with the RNLI to help ensure under 5s stay safe around water this year – whether that’s at the beach or in the Bath.

Tom Hutchinson, spokesman from Buy Wise Be Safe, said: “The statistics relating to drowning demonstrate how unforgiving water is and how dangerous it can be.”

“While drowning is thankfully rare we believe more can still be done to drive down the number of 0-5’s that suffer drowning incidents. That’s why Buy Wise Be Safe is helping parents and carers of under 5s with free, practical, water safety tips.”

“Thank you to the RNLI for partnering up with us to ensure our water safety advice is second to none.”

Every day, from Monday 23rd April, water safety messages will be shared on www.buywisebesafe.org.uk and via our Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

Mothercare recalls ‘My First Keys’ toy

Mothercare is undertaking a voluntary recall of the ‘My First Keys’ toy due to a risk of the battery compartment coming off and exposing the button cell battery.

This toy was sold in stores and on the Mothercare website from June 2017 to April 2018.

However, only the ‘My First Keys’ with a batch code of 02-161024, 02-161205 and 02-170509 are affected by this recall. The picture in this story indicates where this information can be found. All other versions are unaffected.

The My First Keys toy.
The batch code can be located on the rear of this toy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you own one of these toys please stop using it immediately and return your product to a Mothercare store where a full refund will be given.

If you have any queries please contact Mothercare via email on: product.safety@mothercare.com all queries will be answered within 24 hours on receipt of the email.

A spokesman said, “This action has been taken to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Red Kite recalls 3-way baby carrier

Red Kite has issued a product recall notice of its 3-way carrier.
The carrier was sold through retail outlets between November 2017 and April 2018, and the products affected have the codes: RK 2899 / RK 2900 / RK 2901 / RK 3003.

In a statement, the company said, “We have become aware that some 3-way Carriers from the above mentioned batches may have a manufacturing defect. This defect can cause the clips to fail and poses a risk to the user of the product.”

Advice states to follow these steps;

  • Stop using the item immediately
  • Contact Red Kite on 01454 326 555
  • When calling please have your product and proof of purchase to hand in order to receive a refund

Second #BurnsAwarenessWeek gets major partner

A PROMOTIONAL safety week has attracted the support of a major partner ahead of its campaign launch on Wednesday October 25th

Buy Wise Be Safe, a South West based initiative, is highlighting the importance of burns awareness during Halloween and Bonfire Night and has attracted University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust to once again support its messaging.

The duo worked together in the summer, during Child Accident Prevention Week, and are forming ties again in the forthcoming campaign with safety videos that will be posted on the group’s social media accounts.

Messages from clinicians at the hospital, the South West’s specialist treatment centre for Paediatric Burns, will be posted throughout the #BurnsAwarenessWeek – which runs from October 25th to 29th.

During the four week period surrounding Bonfire Night admissions to A&E for burn related injuries increase substantially; so to help parents Buy Wise Be Safe has launched a Burns Awareness Week campaign offering great advice to keep youngsters safe.

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said, “The latest statistics show that every day more than 11 toddlers suffer serious burns and we feel this has to change.”

“With Halloween and Bonfire night just days away, the risk factor is increasing. But following our handy hints and tips can really help keep a young child in your care safe.”

Follow our messages via facebook.com/buywisebesafe and twitter.com/buywisebesafe or visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for more detailed advice.

Watch the first of our campaign videos by clicking on campaigns at the top of this website. 

 

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Notes associated with this press release.

Buy Wise Be Safe is a project that is funded jointly by Trading Standards South West and National Trading Standards and involves the partners in Public Health, AvonSafe and Bristol Lifeskills centre.

For further information contact editor@buywisebesafe.org.uk or call 07484 036195.

Buy Wise Be Safe Launches Summer Safety Campaign

With summer here we will be spending more time outdoors with our little ones enjoying the (hopefully) sunny weather.  Buy Wise Be Safe (BWBS) recognises the importance of outdoor activity and on 31st July is launching a week long summer safety campaign to encourage parents and carers to take a few simple steps that can help keep their children safe.

We will be offering advice on:

  • Sun safety, including choosing the right sunscreen and how to avoid sunburn;
  • Outdoor equipment, from trampolines and swings to scooters and trikes;
  • Water safety both at the beach and inland;
  • BBQs, Fire Pits etc and how to avoid burns; and finally
  • Staying safe in the garden.

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said: “Summer can be a fantastic time to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.  However it is important that we remain mindful of the risks for injury or illness that may be present.  Following our top safety tips can help ensure your little one’s adventures are safe and enjoyable this summer!”

Advice will be offered via the website – www.buywisebesafe.org.uk and also keep an eye on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe  and Twitter feed www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe for regular updates.

 

#Bewareofburns – New safety promotion partnership could significantly reduce burn injuries

Buy Wise Be Safe (BWBS) and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) have got together to form a new partnership which is set to address ways in which families can stay safe by making simple changes to their routine and environment, to prevent accidents from happening.

To launch the partnership, BWBS and UH Bristol will be promoting a safety campaign, focused on burns caused by heated beauty products including straighteners and hot brushes. #Bewareofburns will go live on Monday 5 June, which will coincide with Child Safety Week (5 – 11 June). Information and advice will be available online for parents and carers to access, with tips on how to safely use heated beauty products, what safety features to look for when buying these items and what to do in an event when someone gets burnt.

Recent statistics from Bristol Royal Hospital for Children shows a staggering 90 per cent of children admitted with burns from hair straighteners were under the age of five. The data also found there wasn’t a difference in the number of boys and girls burnt.

Mr Jonathon Pleat, burns lead at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Buy Wise Be Safe, to promote safety and to try and prevent accidents from happening.

“Although this campaign is targeted at parents and carers of children under the age of five, we are hopeful this information and guidance is of use to anyone using heated beauty products, to protect themselves from being burnt or injured.

“We see children from across the South West and Wales with burn injuries and treat them with the skilled team in our national burns centre. However, we want to prevent as many of these cases as possible from occurring through simple measures that can reduce the risk dramatically.

“A child’s skin is much more fragile than an adult.  It only takes a second at the temperature which some of these devices reach to cause permanent scarring. In some cases, burns may appear in more than one place as a result of grabbing or stepping on the heated blade surfaces.   The risk is greatly reduced if items such as tongs or hair straighteners are placed out the reach of children or put in the supplied protective covers while the surfaces are hot.  Further, it is vital to purchase devices with safety features that can reduce the risk – for example, some have a timer that automatically turns the power off after a certain amount of time.

“These burns are all the more tragic because typically they affect the very young, the effects can be life-long and they are entirely preventable.”

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said: “Over the last year the National Trading Standards Safety at Ports and Borders Teams have detained a number of consignments of electrical beauty products such as hair straighteners and hot brushes. Following testing these products have been found to not comply with standards required by UK and EU law and have therefore been destroyed.

“While National Trading Standards is working hard to prevent unsafe goods reaching consumers we would always recommend that people undertake basic checks when buying online, to ensure they are buying from a reputable seller. Our general rule of thumb is if an online deal looks too good to be true then it probably is.

“It’s not just cheap or knock-off goods that pose a threat to consumers. Any item that heats up has the potential to scald or burn someone. Sadly, with straighteners and tongs reaching temperatures of 230°C, these items can remain hot long after use, which is why it is important to stow them safely and look for safety features that can reduce the likelihood of being burnt.

“Thankfully with our new partnership with UH Bristol, even more parents and carers of under 5s should receive superb safety advice that will help keep youngsters safe from harm around the home.”

Visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for the website, www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe for the Facebook page, and www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe for the Twitter page.