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Hazards for a child abound at home

ABOUT 61.2 percent of child injuries in China took place at home, according to a survey released yesterday by a child injury prevention organization.

The top five accidents at home are falls, burns and electric shock, cuts, drowning, and poisoning. Falls account for one-fourth of all household accidents, said the non-governmental Safe Kids China, which based its finding on research of child injuries in 2,280 homes in 14 Chinese cities last year.

Injury is the top cause of deaths for Chinese children between one year and 14 years old. About 50,000 children die of accidental injuries in the nation every year.

"Injury is preventable and the key is high awareness and effective prevention methods," said Monica Cui, director of Safe Kids China, which interviewed parents about their concerns on hazards at home and their awareness on accident prevention.

"We found most parents don't know how to evaluate household safety," she said.

Though over half of Chinese families understand that improper storage of household cleaners and medicine pose the biggest risk of child poisoning, some 70 percent don't check household items regularly and 7 percent never check at all.

About 30 percent of parents don't do safety check while purchasing household items.

To prevent child injury at home, Safe Kid China has teamed with domestic health and education authorities to promote easy-to-follow guidelines in kindergartens to teach parents and kindergarten teachers how to prevent child injury.

Wang Li, director of Taipingxiang Kindergarten in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, said it is surprising to know that home, always considered the safest place, is most prone to child injury.

"As a second home for children, kindergarten must find and remove hidden risks to children to protect their safety," she said.


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