"Preventing accidents isn't about overzealous rules and regulations - it is about looking after the ones you love. I know how crucial it is to get the balance right." RoSPA Ambassador Martin Roberts
Last week was Family Safety Week, a week in which the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents look to encourage children and adults alike to be more streetwise and safe, whether that be in the house, on the roads, or even on the driveway.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has a clear mission – “Exchanging life-enhancing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries.” In order to get their message across in the most beneficial ways possible, the RoSPA look at ways in which they can sound their message, and how they can get children involved to look at ways of making their life safer.
Every year the RoSPA look at a certain area in which they want to highlight. For 2018, they have taken the initiative of “Brighter Beginnings”, were they hope to tackle the problem of road traffic accidents involving children under the age of 5 years old. After taking extensive research, RoSPA have discovered that 1 child per week under the age of 5 years old is tragically killed in a road traffic accident.
Firstly, they have considered the ways in which as a parent you can keep your child safe whilst in a car. Safety starts with a safe child seat, and by law children must use the correct child seat for their height until they are either 135cm tall or 12 years old, whichever they reach first. RoSPA also advise that a booster seat with a back attachment is much safer than a simple booster seat without a back.
This is one of the many ways in which we can help to protect children on the roads. Whilst we may not be able to control the safety of other drivers, safety starts at home and what we can be doing to make the world a safer place for everyone.
For more information and tips, please follow the attached link, where you will find lots of useful assistance on keeping children safe on the roads www.rospa.com.
By Helen Livesey, personal injury team