For children under the age of five, most injuries occur at home. Each year at the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), nearly 3,000 children come in for the treatment of an injury sustained in the home.
To prevent injuries, strategies must be implemented to account for child development, changing environments, family lifestyles and risk factors of children.
In 2013, LHSC created the Home Safety Program to increase awareness of potential hazards and injury risks to children in the home. This program also provides seven safety devices and an assessment tool all new families.
The devices provided are:
Nursing staff on the Mother and Baby Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provide the education and resources to first-time families. Home safety kits are also available in the Children’s Emergency Department (ED) at LHSC, and have been distributed to public health nurses and midwives.
The Home Safety Program relies on partnerships with the Children’s Health Foundation.