Published: Thursday 20 July 2017
With the summer holidays upon us, children are likely to be playing outside more than usual, so it pays to make sure their fun time is safe time.
We’ve recently published some advice on keeping your gardens safe, but driveways can also pose a potential threat so we’ve put together some tips on how to make them safer. Of course, this advice also applies to any driveway, whether at home or perhaps a nursery or other setting where there are lots of young children.
- Cars are not a safe place to play and children should not be left alone in them, even if the engine is switched off.
- Make sure your children understand that it is dangerous to play around cars
- Children like to greet and wave goodbye to cars, and will often rush to do this without an accompanying adult. Ensure your children understand that this is not a good idea unless an adult is with them.
- It is safer to reverse onto your driveway and, therefore, be forward facing when you come to drive away.
- Always be aware of your blind spots when driving or reversing onto a driveway. If another adult is present, ask them to guide you out.
- Make sure car keys are kept out of reach of children so that they cannot be taken and a car accidentally started.
If you’re interested in knowing how to prevent accidents from happening at home, and knowing how to respond in an emergency, join us on our Baby and Child First Aid course. If you’re a childcare professional, we offer a Paediatric First Aid course which is great as either as an introduction or a refresher.
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