Report reveals number of accidents in the home

The Most Dangerous Rooms in the Home for Kids, and Top Tips to Prevent Injuries revealed.

New report reveals that 67,135 children were admitted to hospital in 2020 due to accidents in the home, with many parents not installing safety equipment to prevent accidents occurring.

  • 34% of UK parents have never installed bed/crib barriers, whilst 41% of UK parents have never installed cupboard safety locks 
  • 13% of UK parents state that their children have accidentally consumed detergent pods
  • The most dangerous rooms in the homes revealed!

From hot hobs to sharp counter edges, sockets and loose wires, your house is filled with potential dangers for children.

A new report by The Compensation Experts has analysed NHS data to reveal that 67,135 children were admitted to hospital in 2020 due to home-related injuries. The report also questioned UK parents on the safety features they have and haven’t installed in their homes to help reduce accidents.

The % of parents not installing safety equipment around the home, and the potential hazards this can cause:

The Compensation Experts questioned 1000 UK parents with children to reveal how many homes aren’t installing injury preventing equipment such as stair gates.

The below table reveals the percentage of parents who have not installed basic protection features around the home, as well as the hazards this can cause:

Safety feature% of parents who have never installed this feature% of parents who claim their child has been injured in this area
Hob safeguard50% of UK parents have never installed a hob safeguard   16% of UK parents state that their children have burnt themselves on a hob before
Table corner guards42% of UK parents have never installed rubber table corner guards.27% of UK parents state that their children have injured themselves by hitting their heads on table corners.  
Cupboard safety locks41% of UK parents have never installed cupboard safety locks 13% of UK parents state that their children have accidentally consumed detergent pods  
Electrical plug socket guards  40% of UK parents have never installed electrical plug socket guards  13% of UK parents state that their children have injured themselves on electrical sockets before  
Stair gate37% of UK parents have never installed a stair gate    33% of UK parents state that their children have injured themselves falling on the stairs  
Bed/crib barriers                                  34% of UK parents have never installed bed/crib barriers23% of UK parents state that their children have injured themselves falling from a bed or crib.  

The most dangerous rooms in the house

The survey of 1000 UK parents revealed that the most common room for an accident to occur is the living room, with 43% of parents stating their child has injured themselves in this room.

The most dangerous rooms in the home, based on accidents can be seen below:

Room% of respondents who said their child had injured themselves in this room
Living room42%
Garden37%
Bedroom32%
Kitchen30%
Hallway24%
Bathroom21%
Garage13%

Injury Prevention Top Tips

  1. Cupboard safety locks

These inexpensive plastic locks will prevent children from opening cupboards and trapping their fingers.

  1. Hob safeguard

Place childproof covers on oven hobs and stoves to prevent nasty burns.

  1. Electric plug sockets guard

Keep all electrical cables out of reach and insert plastic socket covers to prevent your child touching electrical outlets.

  1. Rubber corner guard

Childproof all sharp corner edges with rubber corner guards to prevent head bumps and injuries to the eye.

  1. Baby gate

A baby gate is an efficient way to stop children getting into a room on their own. A baby gate will allow you to rest easy, knowing that your child is safe.

Full information at: https://the-compensation-experts.co.uk/hidden-household-dangers/ 

Methodology:

·        Survey was conducted via the Leadership Factor of behalf of The Compensation Experts to 1000 UK parents with children between 0-16

·        NHS data was captured via https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/hospital-admitted-patient-care-activity

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