Child Safety - Preventing Unintentional Injuries

Children are naturally curious. They explore the world around them. But everywhere, particularly in the comfort of their own home, there are many seen and unseen dangers.  This site aims to support all who care for children by highlighting many of these dangers and giving valuable tips on how to help keep children safe in and around their home.

Window blind and curtain safety 

Make your window blinds safer.Although our homes should be places where our children are safe and protected, many still contain serious risks in the form of the cords and chains of window blinds and curtains. It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a window blind cord as this video shows (Warning: some viewers may find this video disturbing - viewer discretion is advised).  
Visit our Child safety dangers at windows and balconies page for life-saving safety advice.

Remember to visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest.

A to Z of Child Safety TopicsActivity CornerAsphyxia - Choking, Strangulation, SuffocationBurns and Scalds

    Child Safer HomeCuts and BleedingElectricity and GasEmergency Services

    Falling, climbing, grabbingFarm SafetyFire SafetyFirst Aid

    Hot TopicsOutdoor PlaySafety around PetsPoison Prevention

    PublicationsRoad SafetySafe Sleep - reducing the risk of Cot Death / Sudden Infant DeathSmoke-free home and car

    Sun SafetyToy SafetyWater SafetyWindow and Balcony Safety

     *The words we use in the Child Safety Awareness Programme:

    • "Accident" implies an unpredictable and, therefore, unavoidable event.
    • However, we know that most childhood injuries, and the events leading to them, are predictable and preventable.
    • This is why the Child Safety Awareness Programme favours the use of the term "unintentional injury".

    About this site:

    This child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health - Midlands to support the Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP).

    More detailed information and further topics will be added over time.The information points on these webpages are neither complete or exhaustive - they are intended as prompts to raise consciousness of child safety. If you have a concern that is not covered here, please contact the public health nurse at your local health centre.

    Information changes over time - in line with emerging issues and guidance and also in response to queries from health professionals and parents/guardians and others who care for children.

    When using information or resources contained here, please acknowledge the source.

    Through this website you are able to link to sites outside of the HSE. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites.


    Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:

    Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
    Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger

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    The following images, unless otherwise stated, are from - Let's play © Kirill Linnick; Building blocks (adapted)by Wee Sen Goh under Flickr Creative Commons Licence; 3D man crawling © Martin Konz; Exclamation Mark © Pkruger; Pedestrian crossing road sign © Sergey Salivon; Curious Cartoon Dog © Jsatt83; Pool Reflection © Arindam Banerjee; Sun © Antonio Mirabile; Crayons © sarmum