Road traffic crashes, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning hurt, disable or kill millions of children across the world every day.
Older children can learn to keep themselves safe and share what they learn with their families and friends, to stop more children getting hurt by accident.
Use the tabs 1-10 above to read our Top Ten Messages on Accidents & Preventing Injuries for children to learn and share. Scroll down to see ideas on what children can do to understand, find out more, take action and reflect on this topic.
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CHILDREN SAY THAT WE CAN…
MAKE our own Accidents & Preventing Injuries Messages using our own words in our own language!
LEARN these messages so we never forget them!
ADD these messages to our collection!
SHARE these messages with other children and our families!
WHAT CAN CHILDREN MAKE?
MAKE posters about keeping poisons safely: how to store them, label them and keep them away from children.
MAKE a first aid kit that we can use if gets injured.
MAKE toys that are safe for young children to play with.
MAKE a rope and float for the river or lake that can be used in an emergency.
MAKE a first aid station for our school.
CREATE a safety campaign to raise everyone’s awareness of children’s safety.
MAKE a survey to find out where in our community there is water that may put children at risk of drowning and what can be done to keep children safe.
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Closing Games & Activities
WHAT CAN CHILDREN DO?
PLAY the ‘But why game’ about accidents at home.
THINK of ways to make our homes safer and share ideas with posters, songs and plays.
PLAY ‘Spot the accident’ and see if we can find all the risks of accidents.
START a campaign to raise awareness of children’s safety on roads.
ROLE play being safety aware when we are looking after a child.
LEARN basic first aid so we can help in an emergency.
FIND any dangers for young children in our homes.
SHARE what we know about risks of injury to small children with adults.
LEARN what to do when a baby is choking and show our parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters.
LEARN to spot common hazards where there is a risk of burns, falls, drowning or busy roads with traffic.
DO role playing to practise basic first aid skills.
LEARN first aid skills and share them with our family – then tell our friends and family to learn first aid too!
WHAT CAN CHILDREN ASK?
WHAT are the risks of burns at home?
WHAT should we do if someone is burnt?
HOW we can keep safe people from hot things and hot liquids in the kitchen?
WHAT ways do people keep babies and young children away from hazards?
WHY are babies and young children at higher risk from choking than older children or adults?
ASK a health worker to explain first aid and what we need in our first aid kit.
WHY do we need a first aid kit and how do we make one for our home?
HOW do we help someone who is in trouble in the water without putting ourselves at risk?
ALL 10 MESSAGES…
ACCIDENTS & PREVENTING INJURIES
- Cooking areas are dangerous for young children. Keep them away from fire and from sharp or heavy objects.
- Children need to keep away from breathing smoke from fires. It causes illness and coughing.
- Anything poisonous must be kept out of the reach of children. Don’t put poisons in empty soft drink bottles.
- If a child is burnt, put cold water on the burn immediately until the pain lessens (10 minutes or more).
- Vehicles and bicycles kill and injure children every day. Be aware of all vehicles and show others how to be safe too.
- Look out for dangers for young children like knives, glass, electric plugs, wire, nails, pins etc.
- Stop young children eating dirt or putting small things into or near their mouths (e.g. coins, buttons) as these can block breathing.
- Stop young children playing near to water where they may fall in (rivers, lakes, ponds, wells).
- Create a first aid kit for home or school (soap, scissors, disinfectant, antiseptic cream, cotton wool, thermometer, bandages/plasters & ORS).
- When you go somewhere new with a young child, be aware! Look and ask about the dangers for young children.