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.


National Water Safety Awareness Week - June 19th to 25th

Irish Water Safety Week 2017Irish Water Safety advise – "Don’t let water destroy summer.  Talk to you children about water safety. Follow these simple tips and you'll enjoy every minute together on our beautiful beaches, rivers and lakes.

  1. Always wear a lifejacket when on or near the water
  2. Swim within your depth, parallel to shore
  3. Swim at lifeguarded waterways, listed on www.iws.ie
  4. Children love water so constant and uninterrupted supervision is essential
  5. Almost 30% of drowned victims had consumed alcohol, don’t mix it with water activities"

For lots more information and tips visit our child safety around water 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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