News Keeping children safe despite pandemic pressures Our homes were already accident hot-spots for small children. There’s a worry that risks are heightened now they’re spending so much time at home. And less traffic doesn’t mean we can switch off about road safety. In fact, cars are taking advantage of emptier roads to speed up. So here at the Child Accident Prevention Trust we are reaching out to parents under pressure, sharing quick wins to help keep children safe. Out of harm’s way Whether you have shufflers, crawlers, toddlers or pre-schoolers, if you do a quick room-by-room check for these things, then you’re doing a great job of keeping your child out of harm’s way: Hot drinks to hair straighteners – doctors have seen an increase in burns during lockdown. A small child’s skin burns really easily as it’s so thin and delicate. Decide now where the safe spot in the kitchen and living room is for hot drinks – well out of reach of little hands. Do the same in the bedroom for hair straighteners and curling wands – even when they are cooling down, somewhere high up is best. Pills to pods – from the painkillers in the drawer to the cleaner by the loo, the disinfectant spray under the sink or the washing pods by the machine, they can seriously harm children if swallowed. Gather them up and put them high up out of harm’s way. And remember to put them away again after you’ve used them. Button batteries – big lithium coin cell batteries the size of a 5p piece can be deadly if your child swallows one. Look round your home for them – in products as well as spare and ‘flat’ batteries – and put them out of reach of inquisitive little fingers. You’ll be surprised where young children can find them – in light-up toys, remotes, gaming headsets and key finders. Out and about As we try to keep our distance but still burn off children’s excess energy, it’s crucial to stay mindful of road safety. Cars are taking advantage of emptier roads to speed up. So remember to check for traffic before you and your family step out into the road. And if you’re driving, remember there may be people stepping off pavements or younger cyclists avoiding walkers. Keep an eye on your speed while you’re making that essential trip. More safety tips Download our Parents’ Pack, it’s full of quick wins that can help put you in charge of child safety, even when you’re feeling under pressure.