By Michael Corley, head of campaigns and fundraising at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Next week, RoSPA will be hosting the UK’s first-ever Family Safety Week and we’d love to involve as many mums, dads and carers as possible.

Taking place from March 24-28, the aim is to help people protect their loved ones from accidents – the top cause of preventable, premature death.

I guess it’s no surprise that many people tell us that their family’s safety and health is their number 1 priority. They also tell us that they value good information and advice about accident prevention that’s not over-the-top and that enables their family to live life to the full.

Finding out about some of the common causes of accidents and the simple steps you can take to prevent them could be one of the most important things you do for your loved ones. That’s what Family Safety Week is all about and, as the UK’s family safety charity, we’re delighted to be hosting it.

Covering all ages and stages of life, with home, road, occupational and leisure safety all featuring, we’re hoping there’ll be something for everyone during the week. There’s certainly something for families with young children.

Events will be kicked off by Martin Roberts, presenter of BBC1’s Homes Under the Hammer, at a children’s centre in Birmingham on Monday, March 24.

After the all-encompassing launch, each day of the week will have a different theme:

  • Monday: 0-5s – looking around your home from a child’s point of view
  • Tuesday: older children – developing water safety skills through learning to swim
  • Wednesday: teens and young adults – helping learner drivers
  • Thursday: adults at work – becoming safer drivers at work
  • Friday: older people – preventing falls.

Running throughout the week will be the National Accident Survey, which will provide a snapshot of how accidents affect families across the UK and help us to build up a picture of how we can better help families to prevent accidents.

Here are some ideas for how you might like to get involved in Family Safety Week:

  • Fill out the Family Safety Week 2014 National Accident Survey and encourage others to do so too
  • Make a pledge to do something for your family’s safety during Family Safety Week
  • ·       Pass it on! Don’t keep information and advice about accident prevention to yourself – share it with your friends, family and colleagues. If you’re on social media, please share details of what’s happening during Family Safety Week via your networks. For those on Twitter, please use the hashtag #FSW and, if you’re making a pledge (see bullet point above), please use #FSWpledge
    • Are you involved in a nursery, playgroup, children’s centre, school etc.? If so, why not see if a session can be held, focusing on one of the week’s key themes
    • Don’t stop on March 29! Even though Family Safety Week runs from March 24-28, please don’t stop thinking about your family’s safety when the week ends. RoSPA has information and advice that’s accessible 52 weeks of the year at www.rospa.com.

Family Safety Week, which is being sponsored by Royal Mail, will be a great way to bring people together on a really important subject.

Accidents are the UK’s biggest killer of children and young people. In 2012, more than 450 children and young people aged 0-19 were killed in accidents and 80 of these children were under the age of 5. We also know that accidents are the principal cause of premature, preventable death for most of our lives.

By coming together on accident prevention, we can change this. Please do share the message with other mums, dads and carers!

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