Today marks the first day of National Child Safety Week, organised by the charity Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). The week aims to raise awareness of the accidents that seriously injure or kill children and help advise parents on how to prevent them.
Child Safety Week runs from the 20-26th June, during which a host of activities will take place to ensure the issue of child safety is brought to the forefront of parent’s minds.
Lindam, the child safety brand, and retailer Argos are proud to be supporting Child Safety Week 2011.
We are big fans of Lindam's products, with many of them in daily use around our home - stair gates, cupboard locks, socket covers and when Ruby was younger, we used Lindam corner protectors on furniture and door stoppers to prevent little fingers getting trapped.
I know from some of my contact and fundraising with the Children's Trust, that an accident can happen to any child, and lives can be changed in a split second.
The Children's Trust runs the largest brain injury rehabilitation centre in the UK. Many of the children have come as a result of an accident or sudden illness like a road traffic accident or choking incident.
Taking simple precautions like not leaving your child unattended when eating or bathing, locking medicine and cleaning products away, and learning basic first aid are just some of the simple steps every parent or carer can and should do. I recently did a first aid course aimed specifically at parents, and cannot tell you have much happier I feel now I have the knowledge of what to do should a child choke or become unconscious.
The theme of Child Safety Week this year is 'Take a second look for safety.'
Serious accidents can cause injuries to children that take months or years to heal. The psychological damage caused to children and their families often lasts a lifetime. Yet many of these accidents could be prevented by taking taking second look to make sure that hot drink is out of reach, the bathroom cleaning products are locked away, the bath is unplugged or by checking the speedometer.
Lindam stock a vast range of household safety products, which are available to purchase in store or online at Argos. However, to get you started on the right track, one lucky reader of my blog can win a home safety kit, courtesy of Lindam.
In order to win this great kit, I'd like you to leave a comment below detailing on simple household safety precaution you take. It could be concerned with fire safety, keeping windows locked, kitchen safety or any other tips you want to share.
For an extra entry, please tweet the following and leave me a separate comment to say you have done so "I'm entering @missielizzieb 's blog competition to win a @lindam_uk safety kit for #childsafetyweek here http://bit.ly/lSuSsn"
I will pick a winner at random after 8pm on Monday 27th June 2011. The prize will be fulfilled by Lindam, but the winner will be required to give me their postal details. UK entries only please.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The prize is supplied by Lindam, however I have received no financial reimbursement and all views expressed are my own.