Social media has opened up a new platform to spread the word about child safety and the dangers around our homes. More often than not pictures or adverts will pop up and we’ll scroll past them, putting it to the back of our minds with the “it won’t happen to us” attitude, it’s not uncommon, if anything it’s a defence mechanism to protect ourselves from imagining something so terrible happening to our family.
Unfortunately these risks are very real and parents are taking to social media to share their heartbreaking stories of their children who have lost their lives by preventable “accidents”.
The purpose of this feature is not to scare-monger but to educate, I’m not going to present you with a government document telling you something is officially unsafe, but with real stories from real people who have suffered real tragedies and have found the strength to campaign and educate others so they don’t suffer the same pain. I have also included some information and videos to inform you of other possible risks to be aware of.
Please do not just ignore this feature, keep it bookmarked, come back and read each story at a time, however you prefer to take in this information is up to you, but reading and watching it will imprint it in your brain and if it can save just one child’s life, then we’ve done some good here.
Blog Post #1
Sophia’s Cause is a campaign for window blind safety created in memory of Sophia Lily Parslow who lost her life to a blind cord. The main objective is to raise awareness of window blind dangers and to campaign for cordless alternatives. For the full Blog post click the link:
Blog Post #2
Good Egg Safety
Good Egg Safety have given advice on second hand car seats and the dangers involved with purchasing them, they also have even more car seat safety information on their website. Cick the link for the full Blog post:
Blog Post #3
Maison was 7 months and 1 day old when he was found dead by his mother, he had suffocated on a Nappy Sack, his mother is now raising awareness of the risks of suffocation with Nappy Sacks, for the full Blog post click the link:
Blog Post #4
Ariel 3 in 1 Tabs
Washer Tablets are colourful and attractive to children, often mistaken for sweets. Ariel have created a safety video, for the full Blog post click the link:
Blog Post #5
Rachel Sian Photography: Safety First
Being trained to pose babies for a professional photo shoot is more complex than you may think, Rachel Sian Photography has created a safety post to inform parents of the risks, for the full Blog post click the link:
Blog Post #6
Meghan was tragically killed by her dresser falling on her, Meghan’s hope was created by her mother Kim to raise awareness. For the full Blog post click the link
Blog Post #7
One Decision: Vehicular Heat Stroke
Leaving children in hot cars is becoming increasingly common, One Decision have created a safety video which visualises the actual dangers of Vehicular Heat Stroke. For the full Blog post click the link:
Blog Post #8
Energizer – Coin Lithium Battery Safety
It isn’t widely documented that coin batteries occur in more than just watches, they are becoming increasingly popular in growing technology, which unfortunately puts children at greater risk of swallowing them and causing serious if not fatal damage to themselves, for the full Blog post and video, click the link:
Blog Post #9
CPR Kids have created a First Aid guide called: A life. A finger. A pea up the nose. By clicking on this link you can download a free copy of the guide:
Please not this Blog Post is not a professional child safety post, I have used information taken from campaigns and safety causes to create this guidance.