Child Safety

Your guide to promoting child safety and preventing unintentional injuries (accidents)

Staying safe this summer:
  • Stay safe on the farm.  Children are on school holidays during a very busy time on the farm. Please remember it is not possible to supervise your child safely and work on the farm at the same time.  Farm Safety Week 2018 runs from 16th - 20th July.  One of the risk areas covered this year is child safety - find out more at It is worth watching the HSA video, Once upon a Farm, which looks at the various farm hazards children might become exposed to, and how to safely avoid coming to harm.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car.  It is never safe to do so but in hot weather, the risks are even higher than usual and the consequences can be devastating.  For more information see our child safety during the summer page.
  • Follow the SunSmart code: wear sunscreen; cover up when possible; slip on a hat to keep the sun off your face; wear sunglasses; seek shade, especially during the hottest part of the day and drink plenty of fluids. Take care on cloudy days too – up to 90% of UV rays can pass through light cloud.  For more information, visit 
  • Children need constant and uninterrupted adult supervision around water.  Visit Irish Water Safety for important advice to help you and your child safely enjoy every minute together on our beautiful beaches, rivers and lakes. 

Visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest.

Latest "product recalls" by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are available at

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 Aid Hot TopicsOutdoor PlaySafety around Pets

Poison PreventionPublicationsRoad and Transport SafetySafe Sleep - reducing the risk of Cot Death / Sudden Infant Deathsharing

Smoke-free home and carSun SafetyToy SafetyWater SafetyWindow and Balcony Safety

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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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; Irish Water Safety Week image from ; 3D man crawling © Martin Konz;  In the loop informed knowledge sharing information © Iqoncept; Exclamation Mark © Pkruger; Pedestrian crossing road sign © Sergey Salivon; Curious Cartoon Dog © Jsatt83; Pool Reflection © Arindam Banerjee; Sun © Antonio Mirabile; Crayons © sarmum