Council call for residents to get their electric blankets tested
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, working in partnership with local Home Accident Prevention Groups (HAP) is inviting residents to get their electric blankets tested ahead of the coming Autumn and Winter seasons.
They might seem like a harmless aid to giving up smoking, but many health professionals and agencies are beginning to question the claims that they are safe, and have spoken out about the risk they pose to children.
The aim of this seminar is to highlight burns & scalds as the fourth leading cause of death in the European Union for children according to the European Child Safety Alliance. Young children are especially vulnerable to burns and scalds, because their skin is thinner than adults and can suffer serious burns more quickly. More than 55% of burn injuries occur to boys, with scalds and burns occurring predominantly to toddlers under the age of 2 years.
Did you know that in Northern Ireland every year, over 70 people die due to an accident in the home and almost 70,000 visit their local Accident & Emergency Departments seeking help? It is estimated that 1 out of every 7 people attending Accident & Emergency because of a home accident is actually admitted to hospital.
Safe Home, Happy Home Check Scheme is aimed at reducing the number of accidents within the home.
The people most at risk of home accidents are: Children under the age of 5 and adults over 65
A friendly visit from a Home Safety Officer will help you to identify areas of risk in your home and give you the information, advice and support you need to make your home safer. For further information or to arrange a visit contact your local HAP group...