Headline interventions

October 2012

These are the main interventions which you should incorporate into your prevention programmes to reduce the risk of accidents to children in the home and on the roads.

General home safety action

How safe is your child at home? leafletHome safety resources

As well as the resources listed above, the CAPT website has the following general home and garden safety advice leaflets for parents and carers:

You can also use CAPT's practitioner support finder to search for information on a wide range of home safety topics.

Fire safety in the home

  • fit working smoke alarms and test weekly
  • take care when cooking, especially with hot oil, and don’t leave young children alone in the kitchen - see CAPT's How safe is your child from burns and scalds? leaflet for safety advice for parents and carers
  • don’t overload electrical sockets - see CAPT's Talking about electrical safety resource for more information 
  • carry out night time safety checks – agree and practice fire escape plans with door and window keys readily accessible
  • target fire safety and prevention action on higher risk groups, such as children and older people in privately-rented and temporary accommodation, households with people who smoke, and young parents.

Fire safety resources

As well as the resources listed above, the CAPT website has information for practitioners on CAPT's Fire safety page.

How safe is your child in the car? leafletOn the roads

  • use correctly fitting front and rear seat belts
  • fit child car seats which are right for a child’s age, height and weight - see CAPT's How safe is your child in the car? leaflet for safety advice on car seats
  • speed limits of 20 mph in areas of higher pedestrian activity
  • local child pedestrian training schemes and safe travel plans.

Road safety resources

As well as the leaflets listed above, you can find information for practitioners on CAPT's Road safety page

Updated June 2013