A child safety film is being given out at hospitals to prevent accidents

PUBLISHED: 17:54 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

A FREE child safety film is being given to new parents to provide them with advice on preventing accidents in the home.

A FREE child safety film is being given to new parents to provide them with advice on preventing accidents in the home.

The DVD, Buy Wise Be Safe, has been produced by Devon County Council Trading Standards Service and is being distributed by health professionals and community groups.

The film provides practical guidance to new parents on how to prepare their homes for the new arrivals and gives advice on purchasing car seats and buggies and how to avoid safety pitfalls when purchasing second hand equipment.

Community midwives from the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital maternity unit and health visitors are giving pregnant women the DVD to help their preparations for parenthood.

RD&E midwifery matron Maria Patterson said: "There's a lot to think about and do when preparing for the arrival of a baby so being able to watch a DVD in the comfort of your own home is a useful way of learning about practical steps to keep your child safe.

"Raising awareness about accident prevention is important and I am sure our colleagues in emergency department would support any initiative which could reduce the number of injured babies and young children."

Local baby and toddler groups have found the DVD to be a useful and entertaining film to feature and distribute.

Every year more than one million children under 15 are treated in hospital for injuries caused by accidents in and around the home.

Councillor Brian Berman, Devon County Council Executive Member for Communities, said: "This 20 minute film offers clear and simple advice to parents and carers to make their homes safe for children aged up to three years old.

"It covers a broad range of issues such as product safety, avoiding scalds through spills, fitting smoke alarms, stair gates, and putting medicines and chemicals out of reach.

"It is welcome news that even more parents will be able to benefit from this valuable resource as the film will now also be available online at www.swercots.org.uk."

A booklet with further information and guidance is also available from Devon County Council Trading Standards Service.

For free copies of the 'Buy Wise Be Safe' DVD and more information contact tsadvice@devon.gov.uk or call (01392)381381.

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