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12 to 16 Home Safe and Sorted

What is 'Home Safety'?

According to a June 2010 survey on behalf of 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. 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 (DVD players, hair straighteners, laptop computers, etc). Some might be using hot items in the kitchen, cooking for themselves or the family, or staying over at the homes of friends and relatives. They may even 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 don't always take the time to read safety instructions. They can be easily distracted by the TV, computer, phone conversations, etc and don't always concentrate 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 only youngsters recognised and understood the risks and hazards and had taken steps or precautions to avoid injury.

Because Nationwide believe 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, building programmes progressively through the age groups, aiming to develop their knowledge as they grow into adulthood, building their risk awareness and skills, giving them a sound understanding of likely consequences.

Nationwide Education's Home Safety programmes include:

  • Safety First at Home (aimed at ages 2 – 4)
  • Being Safe at Home (aimed at ages 4 – 7)
  • Staying Safe at Home (aimed at ages 7 – 11)
  • Home Safe and Sorted 1 (aimed at ages 12 – 14)
  • Home Safe and Sorted 2 (aimed at ages 14 – 16).

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!