Your guide to promoting child safety and preventing unintentional injuries (accidents)
"It's colourless, it's odourless, it's hard to detect, so carbon monoxide deserves your respect ...."
Carbon monoxide (CO) gas can be released by any fuel that burns, including coal, turf, oil, gas and wood. It is a lethal gas, but there’s a lot you can do to protect your family from it. Remember:
- Get fuel-burning appliances serviced and chimneys swept every year
- Have at least one audible (easy to hear) carbon monoxide alarm installed in your home and anywhere else you burn fuel
- Never run a car, lawnmower, generator or other engine-powered equipment in any confined, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces
- Make sure your family and friends are aware of the dangers of CO poisoning and how to prevent it - encourage them to read "The facts about carbon monoxide" leaflet which also outlines the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and what to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off.
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Why do we need this site?
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 parents and 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.
*The words we use in the Child Safety 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 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 Programme (CSP).
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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