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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Home Accident Prevention (HAP) have teamed up to demonstrate the dangers of smoking and smoking materials in the home with a live fire rescue demonstration in ‘Hazard House’. DVD clip to follow soon!
As part of Child Safety Week 2007 Ballymoney Council's Home Safety Officer is reminding parents to ensure their children play safely on trampolines this summer, so that unnecessary accidents can be avoided.
Trampolines are the latest craze among children in the UK – the must-have toy for this summer. They have the bonus of being a form of healthy exercise as well as being great fun. Widely available from DIY stores and garden centres, they are reportedly the third most wanted gift for children aged five to 13. But as they literally spring up in gardens around the country, parents under pressure from their children to acquire one should stop and think before they rush off to the shops. Not all gardens will be suitable for a trampoline, and it’s always best to consider the safety implications before making an expensive purchase. The current boom in trampolining is almost certain to lead to an increase in accidents, but that does not mean that parents should not buy trampolines for their children. Play often leads to children being hurt – it is part of growing up. There are bound to be the odd bumps and bruises. Trampolining can be enjoyed safely if a few simple guidelines are followed and they are used with caution.
In Northern Ireland every month approximately 20 children, experience serious fractures, head injuries and soft tissue injuries, from accidents on trampolines and have to attend the Royal Victoria’s Hospital, Sick Children’s Unit. Additional children with other less serious injuries are treated at their local Accident and Emergency Departments across the province, and many other trampoline accidents will go unreported.
If you would like more information on Trampoline Safety or are interested in bringing a group along to Hazard House for a practical demonstration please contact the Home Safety Officer Tel. 028 2766 0257.