Tips to keep kids safe at home
Parents and carers in Dudley are urged to be extra vigilant of the potential dangers in and around the home, as young children look for things to do during the coronavirus lockdown.
Dudley Council is sharing the steps on home safety to help families prevent accidents as #DudleyStaysHome.
The council’s three key tips are:
- Ensure windows are not left open where children can reach or climb up to them
- Keep cleaning products, garden chemicals and medicines locked away or well out of reach
- Supervise children at all times near water, including paddling pools and garden ponds, and particularly if you live close to a canal
Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children’s services, said:
Families are doing lots of great work to keep children safely occupied at home during the coronavirus crisis to protect the NHS and save lives.
It can be really difficult for parents and carers to juggle childcare, especially while working from home and looking after other dependents and I want to thank them for everything they are doing.
We know that younger children especially can become bored easily and we are asking people to take a look at these tips and share their ideas for keeping families busy using #DudleyStaysHome.
Further detailed advice can be found on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) website at www.rospa.com/accidentfree
Families are also urged to ensure they still seek medical help if their child is unwell or injured.
Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same care that they have always done.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has a range of advice for parents and carers on children accessing treatment and attending medical appointments during the coronavirus outbreak.
Go to www.rcpch.ac.uk/key-topics/covid-19 for more information as well as tips on stay at home activities for children and young people.
More information on Dudley’s response to the coronavirus emergency and support available at www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus