City of Wolverhampton Council is offering parents advice to help keep children safe during the summer holidays.
The council has compiled seven top tips, including having a first aid kit to hand and fully stocked – and stocking up on sun cream and staying out of the sun during the middle of the day (11am-3pm).
The council also advises parents to keep children hydrated to prevent symptoms such as lethargy, dizziness, confusion or even losing consciousness through heatstroke and dehydration.
The council also offers advice on dealing with bumps, cuts and scrapes and burns – parents and carers should call NHS 111 or consult NHS Choices for more advice if they are uncertain of how to treat minor injuries, however.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says figures show that more than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home every year – and accidental injuries are one of the main causes of death for children over the age of one year.
“On average, 62 children under the age of five died as a result of an accident – and over 76,000 under the age of 14 are admitted for treatment, of which over 40% are under five years of age.”
Those most at risk, says RoSPA, are aged four and under, with falls being the main, non-fatal accidents among this age group – while fire is one of the biggest killers of children under four.
RoSPA says most accidents involving children are preventable “through increased awareness, improvements in the home environment and greater product safety”.
RoSPA also warns that children can drown in water as shallow as 3cm deep – and because of this, children should be constantly supervised near water, including paddling pools.
Figures show that most accidents involving drowning and children overseas occur within the first 24 hours of a family holiday, when parents may be tired from holiday preparations and travelling – and may not supervise children as closely as when at home.
RoSPA advises that when children are around water, parents and carers should never leave children or babies in the bath unsupervised, even for a moment – and should never leave uncovered bowls or buckets of water around the home.
Paddling pools should also be emptied and stored away when not in use – and garden ponds should be filled in while children are small, or securely fenced off, with care taken when visiting other people’s gardens.
RoSPA has more advice on preventing accidents to children online.
Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors
Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors can advise parents and carers whose child has suffered injury as a result of the negligence of a third party on how to make a no win no fee claim for compensation, including claims relating to:
Parents, carers and guardians can claim compensation for a child under the age of 18 by acting as the child’s Litigation Friend – your Duncan Lewis solicitor will guide you through this process.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on rehabilitation, adaptations to the home, access to welfare benefits and SEND – as well as securing interim payments while the claim is being settled.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Children’s Accident Claims, call Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors on 0333 772 0409.