As parents, we are far more likely to see people like fire officers or paramedics as heroes.

We play down our life-saving role, but the truth is, the small actions we all take day-in, day-out to prevent accidents from happening in the first place are as just as heroic as rescuing children after an accident has happened.

Here are 10 small steps we can all take to make a big difference to every child:

  1. Place mugs away from table edges.
  2. Keep products with accessible button batteries well out of your child’s reach.
  3. Cut grapes and other round, hard foods, lengthways, into half or quarters.
  4. Keep blind cords and chains secured with a cleat, chain break or cord tidy.
  5. Keep cleaning products and detergent capsules out of reach of children.
  6. Use stair gates as soon as your child can crawl and always hold on when carrying your baby.
  7. Teach children how to cross the road safely and keep your speed down if you’re a driver.
  8. Stay with your baby all the time and remember that a bath seat is not a safety device.
  9. Test your smoke alarms regularly and plan how your family will get out if a fire breaks out.
  10. Don’t keep painkillers on the bedside table or in open handbags.

Of course there are more and we would love you to share with us. Have you got any top tips for reducing the risk of accidents? Has your child ever had an accident or near miss?

Here are some top tips on the CAPT Youtube channel shared by other parents, carers, grandparents and childminders:

Get in touch and tell us about your experiences so we can share this with other parents and help them in the battle against accidents.