Child road casualties in the North West peak during after-school rush: Doctors issue warning on teatime danger
- Nearly half of road accidents
to children in the North West occur between 3pm and 7pm
- Children in the North West
more than twice as likely to suffer a serious burn between 3pm and
Teatime is dangerous for
children in the North West. That's when serious accidents peak,
according to findings released today by the Child Accident
The charity reveals how the end of the day spells the start of
danger for children in the North West, with nearly half of all
serious road accidents occurring between 3pm and 7pm. And the
danger doesn't stop there - children are also more than twice as
likely to suffer a serious burn between 3pm and 6pm as they are
during the morning.
The peak in child road deaths and injuries is linked to the
after-school rush. In fact, the charity reports that there are more
serious and fatal injuries to school-age pedestrians in the
afternoon and early evening than at any other time of day.
The peak in serious burns reflects
how, for many parents, teatime is when demands on their time also
peak. Hot drinks are by far the biggest danger, followed by burns
from the iron, kettle, cooker and bath. Babies and toddlers are
most at risk, making up almost half of all child burns victims.
Dr Rachel Jenner, Consultant
Paediatrician Emergency Medicine, Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital, knows first-hand about the impact of
teatime accidents on children and their families. Dr Jenner
"Scalds from cups of tea and coffee are one of the commonest
preventable injuries in crawling babies and toddlers that we see in
the Paediatric Emergency Department.
"Most parents take safety in the home very seriously, for
example fitting safety gates. But they do not always realise the
danger caused by hot drinks left on dining tables, coffee tables or
kitchen worktops. Children can often reach further than their
parents expect so make sure 'out of reach' really is a safe
The findings mark the launch of Child Safety Week, a national
awareness campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust
(CAPT). The Week equips families with knowledge about serious
accident risks to children and the simple steps they can take to
Commenting on the findings, Katrina Phillips, Chief
Executive, Child Accident Prevention Trust said: "Children
in the North West suffer more serious burns and road accidents
during the after-school rush than at any other time of day. Parents
are up against it to get everyone home, tea on the table, clothes
ironed and tired children into the bath. It's hardly surprising
safety precautions get missed.
"But these can be devastating injuries. A hot drink can scar a
baby for life. A child can suffer brain damage if hit by a car.
Simple changes to teatime routines can protect children from
serious harm - whether that's putting your mug of tea out of reach
or practising road safety on the walk home from school. Visit our
website capt.org.uk for practical advice on making
teatime safer for children."
FACTS AND FIGURES
- Burns to children most likely to happen at home between the
hours of 3-6pm.
- Almost half of all child burns involve spillages from hot
drinks and kettles. Over 20% are caused by contact burns e.g. from
irons and cookers.
- 0-2s are most affected by burns; almost half of all injuries
occur within this age range.
- Nearly half (47.5%) of police-reported child pedestrian fatal
or serious road injuries in the North West occur between 3pm and
7pm. Injuries reach their peak from 3pm to 4pm.
- In the five years from 2008-2012, 3,500 children were killed or
seriously injured on the roads between 3pm and 7pm, that's 13
children every week.
Notes to editors:
- Child Safety Week takes place during 1-7 June 2015 and is the
Child Accident Prevention Trust's annual flagship community
- The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK's leading
charity working to reduce the number of children and young people
killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. Further
information about CAPT is available at www.capt.org.uk
- The Child Accident Prevention Trust wishes to thank official
Child Safety Week 2015 partners: the Scottish Government's
Community Safety Unit (www.scotland.gov.uk), the
Department for Transport (www.direct.gov.uk/think)
and Bitrex® (www.bitrex.com).
- The Child Accident Prevention Trust is facilitating a range of
activities during Child Safety Week, including the national Bitrex®
Taste Test which is taking place at nurseries and children's
centres across the country on Thursday 4 June. Further information
is available at www.childsafetyweek.org.uk