When you are out and about look out for dangers that may pose a risk to your child.
Teach your children how to be safe on the roads when you are out and about and set a good example as they will copy what you do.
Teenagers are still vulnerable on the roads, particularly if they are distracted by mobile phones, MP3 players or anything else that takes their attention away from the road.
Car occupants make up the biggest injury group in the UK and so safety in the car is essential. All children must use a properly fitted baby seat, child seat or booster seat/cushion (whichever is appropriate for their size) until they are at least 1.35m (4ft 5ins) tall or 12 years old. Not only is this a legal requirement but it will give your children the best protection.
Failing to look properly is a major cause of crashes so drivers need to make sure they take care, particularly when pulling out from junctions. Keep within the speed limit and drive at a safe speed for the conditions. Young, inexperienced drivers are particularly at risk. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Drivers should look out for cyclists as they are more vulnerable. As a cyclist you should always use the rules of the roads and wear protective equipment. Teach your children about cycle safety and how to ride on appropriate roads and cycle paths.
For further information about road safety visit any of the following websites:
Or contact the Road Safety Team at North Lincolnshire Council on 01724 297346 or 01724 297355
Child deaths are very rare but young adults are more at risk, especially when they drive or cycle. Visit the Network Rail website for safety information for children, young people and parents.
During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning. (RoSPA)
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 which are:
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.
The Humberside Fire and Rescue website has lots of useful information on arson reduction, youth training, bonfire night safety and preparing for emergencies.