Unintentional injuries continue to be a major health problem throughout the UK although the number of children's accidents has been declining steadily. In 2002, over 2 million children are taken to a hospital after having an accident and around half of these accidents happen at home.
Road traffic accidents are a leading cause of fatality in children and young people. The number of 0-16 year olds killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents has reduced by more than 60% from the baseline (average 1994-1998).
The Child Accident Prevention Trust has launched a website containing downloadable resources for child minders to use with the children and families they work with. Visit the Mind the Road website for more information: http://ww.mindtheroad.org.uk
To reduce amount of dwelling fires the fire service has targeted deprived groups, particularly children in privately rented and temporary accommodation; and households in which people smoke. This includes free, home fire safety checks, which include fitting smoke alarms, offering advice on how to prevent fires in the home and how to develop an escape plan should a fire break out.
The Environmental Protection Division of the City Council uses its enforcement powers to compel owners of tenanted property to install fire safety equipment and operates two accreditation schemes to encourage landlords to meet the same standard.
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