Children are special. They bring joy and a sense of mood elevation to our lives. On many occasions, their aura unites broken families and couples. That aura appears so magical that if you’re in a sad mood, and a toddler laughs at you, you can’t help but smile back.
Children can be so loving and innocent, and that’s one reason why they are cherished all around the world. But as much as children are adorable, they can be a little bit reckless too. Well, let’s be honest, really, really reckless.
In this article, we’re going to talk about foster child safety.
Let’s dive into some statistics!
The Statistics – Foster Child Safety
As a result, children are very prone to accidents. CAPT shows the statistics to back this up: between 2008-2012, CAPT took a data analysis on England’s Hospital admission and death records. They really are staggering; check them out below:
Child Accident Prevention Trust — CAPT data analysis for children admitted due to home accident-related cause:
There were approximately 40,000 emergency admissions EACH YEAR for children under the age of 5.
An average of 62 of these children die each year.
The number of Children having home-related accidents is very alarming. So much so, that awareness must be made about this. It is also essential that procedures are put in place by relevant authorities to prevent accidents among children.
Just last month, the CAPT held its annual Child Safety Week. The goal of this program is to educate parents and foster caregivers on accidents among children. In addition to this, they also provide tips on child safety.
The program ran from the 7th to the 13th of June. The annual community education campaign acted as a catalyst for thousands of safety talks and activities all over the UK Foster care system.
In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the accident prevention tips for ultimate foster child safety.
Foster Child Safety and Injury Prevention Cases
Studies provided by the CDC show that drowning is one of the leading causes of injury and death for children between the ages of 1 — 10. Three children die every day due to drowning.
There are many key roles that UK foster care parents can play in protecting their little ones from drowning.
Accident Prevention Tips for Drowning Related Injuries
Learn life-saving emergency skill, including Swimming and CPR
Mandate a life jacket for your kids
Supervise kids when they are near pools and bathtubs
Fence off pools and avoid having indoor pools with children around
Trips and Falls
Unfortunately, the leading cause of non-fatal injuries among children age 0 — 19 is falling. For example, in the UK alone, each day, about 8000 children are treated in the emergency rooms for injuries related to falling.
Thankfully, many of the injuries related to falling can be prevented. Foster parents and caregivers have to take note of the accident prevention methods.
Accident Prevention Tips for Fall Related Injuries
Ensure playground safety and regulation
Ensure your children use protective gear during sports
Make your home safer by using a home safety device
Supervise your children around possible fall hazard
This is one danger to foster child safety that is easily overlooked, especially in the UK. There are everyday household items in your home that can be poisonous when taken in. For instance – household cleaners. Children, especially toddlers, like to investigate by tasting or swallowing anything they encounter.
Here are some tips that foster caregivers and parents can take in order to prevent this.
Accident Prevention Tips for Poisoning Related Injuries
Lock toxic products and keep them away from the reach of children
Save the nationwide poison control phone number just in case there is ever an emergency
Dispose of unused drugs, vitamins, supplements, food, etc.
Road Traffic Safety
Road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of injuries among children. Knowing how to prevent this is a massive step in ensuring child safety. Thankfully, most motor accidents can be prevented, and parents in UK foster care can play a crucial role in this.
Accident Prevention Tips for Motor Accident
Follow seat belt rules. Sit children at the back seat and not at the front. To find seat belt rules for children, click here.
Use helmet and safety gear when on Motorcycle, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, and skates.
Every day, hundreds of children between the ages of 0 — 19 are taken into the emergency room for injuries related to nasty burns. This affects younger children the most, and most of it is caused by hot liquid or steam.
Older ones are not left out, and they are more likely to be affected by burn injuries from flames — or through direct contact with fire. Burn injuries can be very traumatic. So much so, that even when healed, the scar remains for life. However, thankfully, some precautions can be taken to prevent child accidents by burns and ensure foster child safety.
Accident Prevention Tips for Burns
Install smoke and fire alarms. Also, ensure you test them at least once a month to make sure they are working correctly.
Have an escape plan in place. You never can tell if this would come in handy, but it would be a lifesaver if it does. So, create an escape plan and ensure you have your kids aware of it and instructed on what to do.
Adopt a safe cooking practice. Supervise or limit children’s use of ovens, stoves, gas cookers, and especially microwaves.
Supervise your water heater temperature. Don’t make your water too hot. Maintain a constant thermostat setting, probably at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Supervise and lock up the kitchen. Kids are erratic, meaning you’ll never predict what they’ll do next.
Choking or Suffocation
These are responsible for the highest number of deaths among children. Extraordinary measures have to be put in place to prevent accidents and ensure child safety in this department. Accident prevention for this solely depends on parents and foster caregivers.
Prevention Tips for Choking, Suffocation, and Strangulation
Children, especially toddlers, put toys in their mouths -constantly putting themselves at risk of choking.
Suffocation can happen to a child in bed. Pillows, thick blankets usually cause this. It’s vital to ensure your little one doesn’t have anything around them as they sleep.
Strangulation can be caused by loose cords, bags, and ribbons – and it’s pretty frequent. Ensure you keep them out of reach of children.
For more information on how to keep your foster child safe at home, call one of our experts today on 02034320663.