Shropshire Council

Accident prevention

It's a fact that children have accidents. They learn about their world and capabilities by taking some risks, usually because they don't see the risk.

Many accidents can be prevented through supervision and encouraging positive behaviour, but there's a balance needed to ensure we don't over protect our child, which could reduce their understanding of the world around them.

Did you know....

  • A hot drink can scald a baby up to 15 minutes after it's made – keep hot drinks away from your child
  • Studies show that wearing a cycle helmet can reduce the risk of a serious head injury by 85%
  • Babies and toddlers can drown in as little as five centimetres (two inches) of water so they should never be left alone in or near water, even for just a minute

Follow the links below for more safety information, or contact your health visitor or local children’s centre.

The NHS website has some useful information on what to do if your child has an accident.