Accident prevention

The leading cause of preventable deaths for children under five and a major cause of ill health and serious disability is accidents. Public Health England reveals that, each year, across England:

  • 62 children under five die following accidents
  • 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital
  • around 450,000 under-fives attend A&E


CAPT (Child accident prevention trust) was commissioned by the government to analyse the data on deaths and hospital admissions for the five years from 2008-12. The five main causes of serious unintentional injury for the under-fives in England are:

  • Choking, suffocation and strangulation
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Drowning


And all happen in and around the home! Visit Ages and Stages | Child Accident Prevention Trust ( for further information on how to prevent these accidents and more.

Sadly in Lewisham we have suffered 5 serious scalds in 2017.

Before your baby is born and / or at each stage of their development you can walk through your home to see how safe it is for your baby Burns and scalds | Child Accident Prevention Trust (

Use this height chart to see the possible dangers for your baby and toddler

Bathing Safely

Babies can drown in a few centimetres of water so stay with them at all times. When filling the bath, run the cold water first and then add hot water. Babies’ skin is thinner than adults so they are more at risk of scalds from hot water. Using your elbow to test the water is a good guide or a bath thermometer.

Safety Alerts


The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has identified a particular hazard arising from the use of high-powered magnets in products and where the magnets can be easily swallowed. Examples of these magnets are: fridge magnets, earrings, tongue piercings and drink charms. It is important to keep these objects away from children as ingestion could result in a serious or fatal injury. If you suspect your child has swallowed a magnet, you must take them to A&E straight away or call 999 immediately.





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