Even the most organised mums can find themselves rushing around in the morning, trying to make sure everything is packed, and that children are sent off to school or nursery on time (ish).

So it’s little wonder that the breakfast time rush has been found to put children in danger, according to a survey of UK parents by Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).

Nearly a third of parents (30%) say that their child has suffered a serious accident or a near miss during the
morning rush.

Topping the list of dangers for children in the morning are:

  • Pulling a hot drink over themselves (34%)
  • Touching hot hair straighteners (26%)
  • Stepping out in front of traffic (25%)
  • Falling down the stairs (23%)
  • Getting into liquitabs or cleaning substances(11%)

With all the juggling – getting breakfast ready, packing bags, making sure everyone has brushed their teeth and hair, maybe even ironing, more than a third (36%) of parents admit that they lose sight of safety precautions they need to undertake in order to prevent serious accidents during the breakfast time rush. And only 5% of parents prioritise keeping hot things or cleaning products out of children’s reach or shutting the safety gate.

Commenting on the findings, Katrina Phillips, CAPT chief executive said: “Mornings are a mad rush
in most homes. Parents are up against the clock to get children dressed, fed and off to school or nursery. So it’s hardly surprising safety precautions get missed.

“But these can be devastating injuries. Hair straighteners get so hot you can fry bacon on them,
causing deep burns to a baby’s hand. The concentrated detergent in liquitabs swells children’s airways, leaving a toddler struggling for breath. And an older child can suffer brain damage if hit by a car.

“Simple changes to your morning routine can protect children from serious harm – whether that’s
putting your coffee cup out of reach, popping your straighteners into a heat-proof pouch to cool or
practising road safety on the walk to school. ”

Don’t get brunt – advice is available
If you’ve had a near miss at home and want to make sure it never becomes a major accident or injury, check out the CAPT website (www.childsafetyweek.org.uk) for some practical advice on how to battle morning mayhem and make breakfast time safe for children.

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