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Make your home safer for under 5s

Date : 13 June 2022


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East Sussex Fire and Rescue are offering all parents living in East Sussex with children under five, a free home safety and fire prevention visit. 

Parents in receipt of an income related benefit are also eligible for free child safety equipment such as safety gates, bathmats, cupboard locks and fireguards.

This service can be accessed by contacting your Health Visitor, Children Centre Worker, Community Nursery Nurse or Social Worker for more information. However, if you don’t have contact with any of the above, you can apply direct through us:-

You can apply online: https://forms.office.com/r/nVzUMUF4MDor by telephone (freephone) 0800 177 7069.

Higher hospital admission rates

Sadly, East Sussex has significantly higher hospital admission rates for accidental injuries for under 5s compared to other areas in England. We are working with Public Health at East Sussex County Council to help change this.

 In 2020/21:

  • on average nine children under 5 attended an East Sussex A&E every month due to a fall involving stairs.
  • on average ten children under 5 attended an East Sussex A&E every month due to a burn or scald.
  • on average 41 children under 5 attended an East Sussex A&E every month due to a fall involving a bed, sofa or other furniture.
  • on average 10 children under 5 attended an East Sussex A&E every month due to an accidental poisoning involving a cleaning product or medicine.

 

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