Safety Is Kids’ Play Says Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
With the school summer holidays now upon us and the heat wave set to continue for the next few weeks, the crew at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is issuing a warning to youngsters to stay safe.
Over one million children under the age of 15 have accidents in and around the home each year* and many of these are avoidable, which is why the Midlands Air Ambulance is keen to highlight that young people need to consciously think about their safety prior to the school holidays.
“During the summer months especially we attend a great number of incidents that involve children and several of these could have been prevented,” states Ian Roberts, acting air operations manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. He adds: “The summer holidays are one of our busiest periods as people are often enjoying outdoor activities, which is why we’re appealing to the whole family to think about health and safety while making the most of summer time.”
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is urging parents and children to consider the following this summer:
- Never leave the house without sun cream and enough water. It’s great to play in the sunshine, but with the current heat wave, there is a danger of burning and heat stroke.
- Even shallow water ponds can be hazardous and a child can drown in as little as 5cm of water. Cover ponds with a grill to prevent any accidents.
- Always empty paddling pools after use to prevent drowning and never leave children unattended in the garden.
- The service has already attended incidents where people have got into difficulty when swimming in quarry pools, quarries are out of bounds to the public and should never be entered.
- Youngsters should be told about the dangers of building sites. Although they may look like play areas to an adventurous child, there are many hazards which could easily be avoided by not entering a construction site in the first place.
- If you’re hosting a barbeque, make sure it’s in good condition, and never let children get too close to the heat and don’t use petrol under any circumstances.
- Cycle safety helmets must be fitted correctly. Measure the size of the child’s head about 2.5cm above the eyebrows and match this to the size on the label inside the helmet. Make sure the helmet is worn correctly by checking it is level and the straps are not loosely fastened.
- Even though it’s extremely hot, horse riders of all ages should still wear their helmets and body protectors to prevent any unnecessary injuries.
Ian concludes: “Although it’s great to make the most of having time off school and the good weather, by thinking about any potential hazards before undertaking some activities, several unnecessary accidents can be easily avoided.”
* Information courtesy of RoSPA