Home Safety, Parents' Overview, 11 - 16 yrs

What is Home Safety?

According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust, while almost three-quarters of parents worry about their child having a bad accident, nearly half believe there is nothing they can do to stop accidents from happening... but you can make a difference! As children grow into teenagers, and start to gain more independence, they open themselves up to a whole new set of risks and dangers in and around the home. Most are using all kinds of electrical equipment every day (multi-media devices, hair straighteners, razors etc). Some might be using hot equipment in the kitchen, cooking for themselves or the family, or staying over at the homes of friends and relatives. They may also be responsible for looking after younger siblings and keeping them away from dangers.

Young people are keen to show that they can do things themselves but may not absorb or take the time to read safety instructions. They can be easily distracted by various screens, online chats, phone conversations, etc and may not be concentrating fully on what they're doing. This makes them even more vulnerable to 'accidents'. Three-quarters of children aged 15 and under are allowed to sleep over at a friend's house, so they need to be able to transfer home safety skills to other environments.

Most children's and young people's 'accidents' happen in and around the home. Many of these result in minor wounds but some cause more serious injuries resulting in scarring, disfigurement, permanent disability or even death. In most of these cases, the injury or fatality may easily be preventable, if risks and hazards are understood and steps and precautions are taken to avoid injury.

Because Nationwide believes that the foundations for safer behaviour should be learned from an early age, Nationwide Education's Home Safety programmes begin with young children aged two. Programmes build progressively through the age groups, aiming to develop knowledge as children grow into adulthood. Our resources build risk awareness and give learners a sound understanding of how to avoid accidents in the home, as well as the consequences of not taking care.

Nationwide Education's Home Safety programmes include:

The programmes for ages 12-16 focus on seven key areas of Home Safety:

  • Trips and Slips
  • Falls
  • Fire
  • Heat
  • Electrical Dangers
  • Sharp Objects
  • Poisons

This Parents' section is designed to help you to support your son/daughter using this programme and acquiring valuable life skills. It includes descriptions of the games, activities and resources, a glossary giving clear, simple explanations of safety-related words, plus lots of suggestions of activities to help build their and your skills at home. All this and a whole range of hints and tips, as well as information about what to do in emergencies.