Every parent wants their child to be safe, but there are lots of potential risks in the home to think about, and accidents can happen easily and when we least expect them. Everyday household objects can be a risk to a child. Minor alterations as part of Kids' Home Zone can reduce this risk and give you peace of mind.
Every year in England, accidents at home among under-5s result in around:
- 450,000 visits to A&E
- 40,000 emergency hospital admissions
The most serious preventable accidents which happen to under-5s fall into five main categories:
- threats to breathing
- burns and scalds
Working with our colleagues in Children's Services, we can provide and install home safety equipment to help protect you and your family from preventable accidents.
What help is available?
Support through Kids' Home Zone can include:
- safety gates, window locks and cupboard locks (grant limits may apply)
- non-slip bath or shower mats (grant limits may apply)
- installation of bolts
- making safe old outbuildings and sheds
- minimising trip hazards
- securing washing lines
- fire guards (grant limits may apply)
- general repairs
Who is eligible?
Kids' Home Zone is open to any household in Middlesbrough with:
- a child aged 5 or under
- a child with a disability
where the household cannot afford to put safety measures in place due to unemployment or a very low income.
Equipment and adaptations can be installed in your home between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.