Over 1000 school children, aged nine and 10, will be learning about ‘dangers under the sink’ at this year’s Child Accident Prevention (CAP) Safety in Action event.
Year five classes from 31 primary schools will visit Highlands College between 4th and 12th July to take part in the 18th annual Safety in Action event, which teaches children about safety in a fun and dynamic way.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘dangers under the sink.’ Research show that a number of children are admitted to hospital each year after consuming poisonous or harmful products that are typically stored under the sink. The aim of Safety in Action will be to help children identify the risks associated with items such as detergent capsules and concentrated liquids that are often left within children’s reach under sinks and in cupboards around the home.
Mandy Le Tensorer, Co-ordinator at Child Accident Prevention Jersey, said, ‘Looking at statistics from the local A&E department, we were able to identify that in the first five months of this year at least 18 children under the age of eight years old were seen because they ingested a potentially dangerous substance. These range from medications such as paracetamol and anti-depressants to air freshener and liquid soap. These substances could potentially have life changing effects if ingested and yet young children were able to not only access them but also have enough time to swallow them.’
The children will take part in a series of workshops that highlight the potential dangers surrounding six common scenarios, including fire safety, kitchen and general safety in the home, water and beach safety, road safety, play safety and first aid. The groups will spend 15 minutes at each station, and experts from the CAP network will be on hand to guide the children through each scenario.
‘The aim of Safety in Action is to teach children how to assess and deal with risk independently, in a fun, fast and memorable way. The children visit each station, interacting with each other and their surroundings, to work out the steps that need to be taken to remain safe. It’s active learning that encourages problem solving and, above all, allows the children to have fun at the same time as learning valuable lessons about every day safety issues.’
Students completed a questionnaire earlier this month via the CAP website to test their level of knowledge about safety. The tests will be completed again after the workshops to evaluate what they have learned and to highlight key areas of improvement. Awards will be provided for the highest scoring and most improved primary schools at the Safety in Action Awards held later this year.
‘Thanks to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, Marks & Spencer and our other partners, all the children will take a home a goody bag filled with safety information and healthy treats. We hope the students share the information and what they have learned with their friends and family,’ added Mr Preisig.
CAP is coordinated by the charity Family Nursing & Home Care. Its primary focus is to reduce the incidence and impact of accidental injuries to children (aged 0 to 12) in the community. For more information visit www.cap.je.