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How to prevent everyday accident

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Learn how to improve your home to avoid everyday accidents.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (IFRC) is the largest humanitarian volunteer network in the world. Every year, with the help of volunteers and members in 190 National Societies across the world, it helps 97 million people, regardless of nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, social class or political opinions. Following the agreement signed by the IFRC, the French Red Cross has lead the World Reference Centre of First Aid, who's main objective is to provide of centre of technical expertise for the IFRC, and to support the other members in the National Societies with all tasks related to first aid. It's thanks to its involvement, as well as the involvement of the Sikana Educational Association, that this awareness programme focusing on first aid, was produced. These videos do not serve as a replacement for first aid training. Please consult the website for further information - Founded in 2014, Sikana Health is one of 12 programmes created by the NGO Sikana. The programme works towards providing educational videos in order that everyone can acquire positive information about health. Covering topics such as healthy eating, music, nature, health, home improvement or learning a new sport, our videos aim to encourage a healthy and simple lifestyle. To find out about our videos, go to:

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In this video you will learn some simple steps to take to prevent everyday accidents.

Keep household cleaning products high up or in a locked cupboard.

Do not put toxic products into bottles intended for foodstuffs.

Keep all medication together in a secure place, out of reach of children. The best answer is a locked medicine cabinet.

Don't leave windows open and unattended.

If you have a balcony, make sure that your child's head can't fit through the bars. If so, use another barrier.

Prevent access to stairs by using a stair gate.

Do not leave electrical cables trailing on the floor.

Don't leave small objects lying around that could be swallowed by young children.

To avoid burns:

Turn pan handles towards the wall.

Keep lighters and matches away from children and use a fireguard in front of a fireplace.

Always unplug the iron after use.

Never leave an extension lead plugged in when it is not in use.

Use plug socket safety covers.

Always ensure that the temperature of bath water and of food is not too hot.

To avoid drowning:

Never leave a child unsupervised in a bath - even if the water is very shallow.

Never leave a child alone near the sea or at the edge of a pool.

If you have a pool: you must install a fence of sufficient height, or an approved surveillance system.

Always explain the potential risks to your children!


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