Day twelve advice for #12daysofsafety Christmas campaign

Sadly, today is the final day of our advice and we hope you have all found it useful! Around Christmas our statistics show that falls cause the most injuries. Supervising your young child wherever he or she may be would prevent these incidents and injuries from occurring, but our guidance below will also aim to help you achieve this.

  • If you are visiting family or friends, be sure to check their houses for any dangers that may cause injuries to your child. Look out for clutter, specifically around the stairs, and ask that rooms are well lit to avoid slips, trips and falls.
  • If your child is old enough to understand, educate them about what they can or can’t do around someone else’s home. Tell them the stairs are out of bounds and not to climb on, and jump off, furniture.
  • If you have smaller children, remember to not change them on elevated surfaces. Do not place them in a car seat or carrier on a table, as if it is knocked off in error this could injure your child.
  • Don’t be too afraid of getting down on your hands and knees and having a look around the home you are visiting to see things from your child’s perspective! This will help you understand any hidden dangers that may be around.
  • Above all, supervision is key! Different surroundings will likely make your child want to explore. With hot food possibly being made and maybe alcohol being consumed by you or others, the risk of injury increases. If people have had a drink or two, try to encourage them not to pick up or pass around your small child.

Above all, stay safe and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Buy Wise Be Safe.

Day eleven advice for #12daysofsafety Christmas campaign

About six weeks ago we warned about the dangers that can be installed around your home in the name of Halloween. The same advice can be applied to Christmas as shops stock various fancy dress options for young children and candles can be lit around the home – particularly as part of the Advent Wreath.

  • Before you purchase any fancy dress items, make sure you have read our Halloween advice here and watched our safety video that we shared on facebook.com/buywisebesafe With some children’s fancy dress costumes, it takes less than a moment to catch alight!
  • Never leave burning candles unattended, and make sure you have extinguished all that were lit before you go to bed. Never place candles under your tree or on it, or under other decorations.

With the amount of hot ovens, food, drinks, and other heat sources that are around the home during Christmas it can be a good idea to refresh your knowledge of burns treatment. In cases of emergency cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery in the area. Call for help. Dial 999. 111 or a local GP for advice. Finally cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy, dressing or cloth. Also make sure the person is kept warm.

Day ten advice for #12daysofsafety

Despite being Winter, the chance of your child getting burned is incredibly high if you do not take precautions. The kitchen is a hive of activity during Christmas with ovens always seeming to be cooking something, and pans of water boiling for hours on end as Christmas puddings are steamed to perfection. While it may be obvious to some, keep your young children out of the kitchen!

  • Keep little ones out of the kitchen while Christmas dinner is being cooked to avoid hot fat, boiling water and sharp knives! Also, when it comes to serving the food, remember to not pass hot food around the dinner table as it could fall out of your hand and badly burn your child.
  • Check out our sections on this site regarding burns as a lot of the information we have provided about hot drinks, food and cooking applies to this time of the year.
  • If you’re straightening your hair, or have a hairdryer on, be sure to place them somewhere that is out of reach for your child. Straighteners heat to 230°c and can take up to 30 minutes to cool down.

Remember, a child aged 0-5 has skin that is 15 times thinner than that of an adult. Encourage them to learn that the kitchen, when someone is cooking, is not a place they should be!

Day nine advice for #12daysofsafety

In yesterday’s advice we warned about the dangers of buying counterfeit chargers and electrical devices, as these fakes are usually cheaper as they don’t have the expensive components that protect you and your home. But is there any danger in buying cheap, or faked, toys – like dolls of Elsa from Frozen?

Quite simply, don’t buy the cheaper versions. A study from trading standards officers, from all over the nation, involved the testing of dolls earlier this year. The tests found high levels of nasty chemicals that shouldn’t belong in children’s toys.

  • Cheap toys are not made to the same strict standards that official products from the movies/television shows are.
  • Respect the age limits placed on toys. They are there for a very good reason and have been tested by experts. A toy that says it is not for the use of anyone under the age of 3 could mean that small parts pose a threat to your child’s wellbeing if they were to swallow or choke on them. Supervision of your child is vital when playing with a new toy.
  • Beware of choking hazards to young children around your home at Christmas. This can be anything such as burst balloons, small toy parts and tree decorations.

 

Finally, when buying gifts for your children don’t be afraid of opening boxes to make sure there are no small parts that can be removed by them.

Day eight advice for #12daysofsafety Christmas campaign

Button batteries during this time of the year will be everywhere and in everything – or at least it may feel like that!

As demonstrated in the pictures we shared on our Buy Wise Be Safe Social media accounts here and here , these tiny cells of energy are extremely powerful and can be extremely dangerous if swallowed by your child. Young children learn by putting most things in their mouths that they get their little hands on.

One of these button batteries can cause serious interior burns to your child, as quickly as shows in the picture we posted – so our advice is DO NOT leave them lying around at Christmas, or any other time.

Other batteries and general electrical safety is the focus of our advice for today’s eighth day in the #12daysofsafety campaign.

  • Rechargable batteries – These items are great but need ventilation and can become dangerous if overcharged. Always use the correct charger that the device came with. The protective technology in mobile phone chargers may be weaker than that in the charger for your tablet – dispite it being made by the same manufacturer and the ends fitting in both mobile and tablet.
  • Do not be tempted to buy cheaper mobile chargers. Only use chargers sold by the same manuacturer as your device. A recent story on fake Apple chargers here states that 99% of fakes failed basic tests!
  • Don’t charge devices overnight. It’s tempting, but if a fault occured you wouldn’t be awake to know about it!
  • Use caution if buying anything from social media sites. A total of 60% of fake goods were purchased online through social media.
  • Discarding batteries once they get too hot during charging or start leaking – this is a sign that the cell has reached the end of its life.
  • Do not remove batteries from smoke alarms or other safety devices to then use in toys. Buy the batteries for the toys and make sure your family stays safe at Christmas

Finally, the poster below from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue contains a link for more advice from the fire service regarding electrical safety.

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