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 riskassessing and implementing safety procedures is usually the roll of the parent to ensure a home iswithout risk or hazard. The home is a complex, interactive environment that operates within a dynamicsocial setting”. In the UK accidental injury to children under 4 years of age is a main cause of uptake ofemergency 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 foryoung children. The research found that there remains a need to increase awareness of home safetyaimed to protect young children. Interventions (particularly home visits) and provision of freeequipment are welcomed. However demand exceeds the capacity to deliver home assessmentsleading to undue delay and children remaining exposed to unnecessary risks in their own homes. Inaddition 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

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Keywords

  • home
  • safety
  • children
  • accident

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