Over a 1 Million accidents per year occur to children between the ages 0 - 14 result in A&E hospital visits in the United Kingdom. In the United States the figures are a lot higher due to the larger population. Sometimes children are killed or disabled by accidents in the home.
Kids must play and learn! But it is important to create an environment where this can be done safely.
The Garden may seem a relatively safe place but there are hidden dangers so please read our safety advice carefully and maybe think of a few hazards to your own to mitigate against!
Safety Tips for the Garden
- In drowning incidents, most 2 or 3 year olds drown in your own or your neighbour's garden
- Ponds or swimming pools in gardens are a child killer. Avoid them wherever possible.
- If you must have them then ponds or pools should remain guarded, fenced and locked at all times. Children should never be left unsupervised and often it is a breakdown in communication that results in the accident.
- Children can drown in small amounts of water (buckets, water in a sandpit, outdoor container etc.) so regularly check your garden for accumulations and empty them.
- Paddling pools should be emptied straight after use and children supervised at all times during use.
- In the shed or garage, never have weed-killer, ant-killer, paints or any other poisonous items accessible to children. Keep these high up preferably in a locked cupboard. Never leave unattended while using them and put them away immediately after use.
- In the shed or garage, never have tools or knives accessible to children. Keep these high up preferably in a locked cupboard. Never leave unattended while using them and put them away immediately after use.
- Climbing (e.g. in trees) is great fun for kids but falls in the garden result in many accidents each year, some very serious. Parents should check the garden for all potential items that can be climbed and decide if these are acceptable. Soft matting below any climbing areas or frames should be seriously considered and never concrete or a hard surface.
- Washing lines can be particularly dangerous to children especially if placed incorrectly near climbable items.
- Garden swings could be a strangulation hazard to younger children and should be checked for robustness.
- The garden should be completely fenced in with no small gaps and gates should always be shut and locked to prevent unauthorised access to strangers or a child leaving the garden.
- Fence off or preferably remove trees or shrubs with poisonous berries. Remove toadstools and other poisonous fungi immediately.