Dad dot info form. Ask questions, get answers | Family | Kids | Child Safety | Protection begins at home

Protection begins at home

It can happen in an instant: they grab the cup, pouring scalding water onto their delicate skin.

It can happen in the blink of an eye. From the moment your child discovers they can pull themselves up to standing and reach things on top of the table… You put your coffee cup down for a second to get the toast out of the toaster and that’s when they grab for the cup pouring scalding water onto their delicate skin. And the screaming begins… and continues… somewhere in the recesses of your mind for the rest of your life.

A baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adults’. A hot drink can still scald your child 15 minutes after it has been made – badly enough for them to need skin grafts for months and treatment stretching over a year or more. Accidents with hot drinks are the number one cause of scalds to children, but can so easily be prevented.

Some knocks and bumps of life are an inevitable part of your child’s development and growth. But children are killed, disabled or disfigured from serious accidents. Everyday. The good news is that even small changes – around your home or to your everyday routines – can make big differences to your child’s safety.

There are some really practical things you can do like checking your smoke alarm is working – having a working smoke alarm on every level of your home means you double your chances of getting your family out alive if a fire breaks out at night. Fitting safety locks or catches to cupboard doors or drawers means you can stop your child getting into medicines or poisonous cleaning products – one of the most common causes of visits to hospital. Fitting a cleat hook to tie back your blind or curtain cord can stop your child being strangled – at least one child dies a year as a result of strangulation from curtain cords.

Getting into simple habits like putting your hot drink out of reach can help your child stay safe. Other habits that are worth getting into include using the back rings of the cooker to cook and turning pan handles in, turning the cold water on in the bath first and then topping up with hot – scalds from baths are also a common accident that cause severe scalds because of the delicate nature of young children’s skin. Changing the baby’s nappy on the floor instead of a raised surface prevents falls.

It might take a bit of repetition to make these habits stick, but they’ll soon be second nature and you won’t have to give them a second thought.

Would you like to find out more about stopping your child being seriously hurt by accidents in your home? The Child Accident Prevention Trust’s ‘Parents section’ offers all the information you need to protect your child and stay one step ahead of new risks as they develop and grow. Go to to find out.

Related entries

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

As a parent of a 10 year old who is rapidly approaching the age where he will be getting his own phone, I’m concerned about ensuring he isn’t exposed to a cavalcade of disturbing things online. I’m worrying about bullying, about him being contacted or making friends...

Keeping your baby safe around dogs

Children and pets often make a fantastic combination – but there can also be considerations to be aware of. Whether you are already the proud owner of a pooch with a baby on the way, or have children and want to introduce a pet into your family, here are Dad.Info’s...

Tips to stay safe in the heat of the sun

When you have children, it is really important to never go anywhere in the summer, home or abroad, without thinking about sun protection. Keep yourself and your children safe by taking the right precautions so you can truly make the most of the beautiful...

Latest entries

What birth rate is needed to sustain a population?

What birth rate is needed to sustain a population?

Not the most romantic of pillow talk, but though having children is a completely personal choice there is also an optimal birth rate that is needed to sustain a population. And it is 2.1 live births per mother. 2.1 for a few reasons. Sadly even with the best medical...



Dads, do you struggle sometimes? Who do you reach out to for help? Debbie Pattison, a qualified counsellor at Fegans can answer your questions. Send them in to Ask Debbie at and if she can she will answer. Today’s question is from a hurt dad that hasn't...

Childcare: what are the options?

Childcare: what are the options?

Modern parenthood is about striking a balance between caring for your children and earning a crust. Many families need childcare options to balance the juggle. If you don't know your nannies from your au pairs, read our guide to childcare to help you decide...

Pin It on Pinterest