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.

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.