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 dangers - both obvious and hidden.  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.


Fidget spinners

fidget spinner"Buying a fidget-spinner?  Make sure it is safe first" - this is the advice of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).  Fidget spinners are plastic or metal devices that fit in the palm of your hand and have a ball bearing that allows them to spin.  But the CCPC has found safety issues with some fidget spinners.  For more information, visit www.consumerhelp.ie.

And remember, before giving any toy or device to your child, make sure that it is appropriate for your child's age and developmental stage, is in good condition and complies with relevant safety standards.  For more information read our Child Safety and Toys page.

Visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest.

A to Z of Child Safety TopicsActivity CornerAsphyxia - Choking, Strangulation, SuffocationBurns and ScaldsChild Safer Home

Cuts and BleedingElectricity and GasEmergency ServicesFalling, climbing, grabbingFarm Safety

Fire SafetyFirst AidgrandparentsHot TopicsOutdoor Play

Safety around PetsPoison PreventionPublicationsRoad SafetySafe Sleep - reducing the risk of Cot Death / Sudden Infant Death

Smoke-free home and carSun 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.

CSAP

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 www.dreamstime.com - Let's play © Kirill Linnick; Building blocks (adapted)by Wee Sen Goh under Flickr Creative Commons Licence; Fidget spinner by Shalu Sharma from  Flickr  under Creative Commons License; 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