Child Safety - Preventing Unintentional Injuries

Children are naturally curious. They explore the world around them. But everywhere, particularly in the comfort of their own home, there are dangers - both obvious and hidden.  This site aims to support all who care for children by highlighting many of these dangers and giving valuable tips on how to help keep children safe in and around their home.


trainTravelling by train?

Although rail transport in Ireland is a safe way to travel, the number of slips, trips and falls at Irish train stations has risen according to Iarnrod Eireann's Safety Report 2016.  Similar trends elsewhere "have been linked to changes in passenger behaviour, including the increased use of smartphones in inappropriate situations".  
When travelling by train be mindful of what is going on around you.  Train stations are busy places and any distraction can lead to trips and falls.  If travelling with children, remember to supervise them closely and make sure they stay close to you at all times.  Always hold your child's hand while on the platform and when getting on and off trains.  Lead by example by acting safely yourself.

For more safety information, read our Child safety near trains and railway tracks page.

Visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest.

A to Z of Child Safety TopicsActivity CornerAsphyxia - Choking, Strangulation, SuffocationBurns and ScaldsChild Safer Home

Cuts and BleedingElectricity and GasEmergency ServicesFalling, climbing, grabbingFarm Safety

Fire SafetyFirst Aidsharing Hot TopicsOutdoor Play

Safety around PetsPoison PreventionPublicationsRoad and Transport SafetySafe Sleep - reducing the risk of Cot Death / Sudden Infant Death

Smoke-free home and carSun SafetyToy SafetyWater SafetyWindow and Balcony Safety


 *The words we use in the Child Safety Awareness Programme:

  • "Accident" implies an unpredictable and, therefore, unavoidable event.
  • However, we know that most childhood injuries, and the events leading to them, are predictable and preventable.
  • This is why the Child Safety Awareness Programme favours the use of the term "unintentional injury".

About this site:

This child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health - Midlands to support the Child Safety Programme (CSP).

More detailed information and further topics will be added over time.The information points on these webpages are neither complete or exhaustive - they are intended as prompts to raise consciousness of child safety. If you have a concern that is not covered here, please contact the public health nurse at your local health centre.

Information changes over time - in line with emerging issues and guidance and also in response to queries from health professionals and parents/guardians and others who care for children.

When using information or resources contained here, please acknowledge the source.

Through this website you are able to link to sites outside of the HSE. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites.

CSAP

Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:

Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger

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