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 many seen and unseen dangers.  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.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety

With dropping outdoor temperatures at this time of the year, it is important to keep warm and cosy at home.  However, please put fire safety and the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning to the top of your agenda. Remember people most at risk include children, elderly people, people with special needs, people hard of hearing and/or deaf, people with mobility restrictions, people on medication, people who have taken alcohol and smokers.  For lots of safety tips, please visit our fire safety at home pages.

Remember to visit our Hot Topics section for further items of interest.

A to Z of Child Safety TopicsActivity CornerAsphyxia - Choking, Strangulation, SuffocationBurns and Scalds

    Child Safer HomeCuts and BleedingElectricity and GasEmergency Services

    Falling, climbing, grabbingFarm SafetyFire SafetyFirst Aid

    Hot TopicsOutdoor PlaySafety around PetsPoison Prevention

    PublicationsRoad SafetySafe Sleep - reducing the risk of Cot Death / Sudden Infant DeathSmoke-free home and car

    Sun 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 Awareness Programme (CSAP).

    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.


    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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    The following images, unless otherwise stated, are from - Let's play © Kirill Linnick; Santareindeer © Ian Scott; Building blocks (adapted)by Wee Sen Goh under Flickr Creative Commons Licence; 3D man crawling © Martin Konz; Exclamation Mark © Pkruger; Pedestrian crossing road sign © Sergey Salivon; Curious Cartoon Dog © Jsatt83; Pool Reflection © Arindam Banerjee; Sun © Antonio Mirabile; Crayons © sarmum