When you are out and about look out for dangers that may pose a risk to your child.
On average, 37 children up to the age of 16 were killed or seriously injured every week on the roads in the UK in 2007. Teach your child about road safety when you are out and about, children will copy the good examples you set about road safety. Teenagers are still vulnerable when crossing roads particularly if they are using mobile phones, MP3 players or anything that will distract attention from the road.
Road safety also includes safety in the car as passengers. This includes ensuring that your child, if under 135cm (about 4ft 5in) in height, or under 12 years old, must use an appropriate baby seat, child car seat or booster seat – even on short journeys. For more information about suitable car seats, visit our child seats page.
As a driver, keep an eye on your speed and take care when reversing, young children may not be seen in rear view mirrors. Young, inexperienced drivers are particularly at risk. Take care when driving watch your speed, and do not drive under the influence of drink or drugs.
It is important to think about cycle safety in order to reduce accidents on the roads. Most cycling accidents happen in urban areas. Teach your child about cycle safety and make sure they wear protective equipment to reduce any injuries. For more information about cycle training, visit our road safety education and training page.
For further information about road safety visit any of the following websites:
Or contact our Road Safety Team:
Road Safety Team
8-9 Billet Lane
During the school holidays, and particularly in hot weather, increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning.
To keep children and young people safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code. Remember that water can look safe but it can be dangerous. Just because you are able to swim in an indoor pool does not mean you will be able to swim outside in a lake or the sea. Be aware of the dangers of water:
- It is very cold
- There may be hidden currents
- It can be difficult to get out (steep or slimy banks)
- It can be deep
- There may be hidden rubbish such as shopping trolleys, broken glass
- There are no lifeguards
- It is difficult to estimate depth
- It may be polluted and make you ill
For information about water safety visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.
Water safety also includes safety around ponds, paddling pools and even baths. Young children can be at risk of drowning in small amounts of water. Never leave your child alone, even for a second, in the bath, a paddling pool or by a pond. If you have a garden pond, cover it with a solid, rigid cover and watch toddlers all the time if they are playing in or near water.
For further information about water safety visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website.