#SummerSafety campaign launched today

A HOME safety initiative is reminding parents of under 5s of the dangers that blind cords can pose to their children.

The warning comes after an inquest heard at the end of last month how a two-year-old tragically died after being strangled by a blind cord in her bedroom.

Macy Fletcher’s death, at the start of this year, is one of the 29 toddler deaths connected to blind cords since 1999 – according to accident statistics.

A regulation change in 2014 states that all blinds sold and installed must have the cords attached to the wall; have a chain break feature or a wand-style device to open and close them.

But as part of Buy Wise Be Safe’s Summer Safety campaign it hopes to promote best practice advice that should save lives and prevent under 5s from being seriously injured.

Launching on Monday July 15th, #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: “Blind cords are unforgiving if a young child becomes tangled in one. It’s why the regulations were introduced in 2014. But how many people know about it?

“Security devices can be purchased and installed cost-effectively, which should prevent accidents from happening. But there are do’s and don’ts for this risk to under 5s wellbeing, and all the others around the home, which can be followed very easily.

“Make safety your choice this 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

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 asks, is your home Spring Safe?

An organisation, that aims to reduce injuries to babies and young children around the home, launches its Spring Safety campaign this week.

For four-days, before the Easter bank holiday weekend, Buy Wise Be Safe is asking parents or carers of children aged under 5 if their homes are Spring Safe?

Spring is the season that sees gardens regain colour as the winter gloom lifts and people go back to enjoying the great outdoors. However, the rise in popularity of another type of spring found in many gardens is causing concern.

Over the last two years there has been a boom in the popularity of trampoline parks – with latest statistics indicating there are over 100 in operation around the UK. While hundreds of thousands of people have visited these parks and enjoyed themselves, some have required a visit to A&E as a result of accidents at these centres – some of which have been very serious.

Buy Wise Be Safe is launching the Spring Safety campaign as a way of getting responsible parents and carers of under 5s to make their garden, as well as the inside of their homes, as safe as can be.

“Our advice is that the under 5s shouldn’t be on, or anywhere near, a trampoline at home or at any of these bouncing centres as a child in this age group will not have developed the spatial awareness or coordination required to make it safe for them to be there,” said BWBS spokesman, Stuart Radnedge.

“Trampolines are not the only potential hazard to young children around the garden highlighted by the Spring Safety campaign either. There are all sorts of safety tips – including advice about how you can make sure an Easter Egg Hunt doesn’t result in a trip to hospital.”

“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 over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.”

Visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk or our social media channels located at www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe or www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe for the #Springsafety campaign advice.

Bespoke bed manufacturer offers safety advice

Craig Williams and Playtime Beds Ltd of Sheffield are issuing an important safety warning for bespoke products made and supplied nationally, since approximately 2011, due to potential safety risks arising from their design, manufacture and erection, in particular, safety risks to children.

This warning comes after a seven-month-old died at a house in York on November 3, which has prompted the company to issue a product warning and work with the police and Trading Standards which are carrying out a joint investigation into the issue.

Children’s cots, beds, twin beds, cot bunk beds, bunk beds, cabin beds, high sleeper beds and triple and quadruple beds which have all been made by either Playtime Beds or Craig Williams are currently involved in the safety advice warning issued, which states that the products could lead to asphyxiation or strangulation, falling, entrapment or crushing of a child.

Sheffield Trading Standards would urge anyone who has purchased any of the above products to call the national Citizens Advice Bureau helpline on 03454 040506 who can pass on details to enable local Trading Standards to contact customers to assess whether their products may or may not be at risk.

Craig Williams and Playtime beds Ltd would strongly advise that until such time that they are able to determine which bed and extras you purchased, you stop using the bed immediately either for sleep or play, and ensure that children in particular do not climb, sleep in it or play in or on it.

Playtime Beds Ltd have currently ceased trading but are working with Sheffield City Council’s Trading Standards Department regarding safety concerns in relation to various hazards, associated with particular bespoke products, that the business has manufactured and supplied. Products have been supplied by PlayTime Beds Limited since the company formation in March 2015 and before this time by Mr Craig Williams trading as Playtime Beds using Facebook and eBay since approximately 2011.

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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Buy Wise Be Safe launches 12 days of safety Christmas campaign

This time of year is widely recognised as the season for giving and thinking of others, with many children beginning their countdown to the big day by opening the first doors of the advent calendar.

But, in a time of excitement and joy, the safety-focused Buy Wise Be Safe (BWBS) group is encouraging adults to think twice before mistakes are made that could result in a young child being injured.

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 on buying safe toys and not being tempted by cheaper fakes that can flood the market this time of year.

Each year in England approximately 60 children and young people die, 450,000 attend accident and emergency and 40,000 are admitted to hospital as an emergency as a result of injuries that occur around the home.

By providing parents, carers and professionals with clear advice on buying choices and practical steps that can be taken 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 BWBS spokesman, 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 or our social media channels located at www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe or www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe for the #12daysofsafety campaign advice.