Parental Awareness of safety in the Homes of children under the age of five

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Abstract

Home safety is the awareness to make your home a safe environment. The task of risk assessing and implementing safety procedures is usually the roll of the parent to ensure a home is without risk or hazard. The home is a complex, interactive environment that operates within a dynamic social setting”. In the UK accidental injury to children under 4 years of age is a main cause of uptake of emergency health care services. Accidents are the leading cause for loss of life of children with under5’s being most at risk at home It is estimated that the cost to society of home accidents in the UK to be£45billion. This research involved the investigation of interventions aimed at improving home safety for young children. The research found that there remains a need to increase awareness of home safety aimed to protect young children. Interventions (particularly home visits) and provision of free equipment are welcomed. However demand exceeds the capacity to deliver home assessments leading to undue delay and children remaining exposed to unnecessary risks in their own homes. In addition equipment may not be used or installed due to lack of tools and/or skill.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-118
JournalInternational Journal of Environment and Health
Volume17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

Keywords

  • home
  • safety
  • children
  • accident

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