Safety inspections for every household say NICE18th May 2010
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has said that inspections should be performed in every household to determine its safety for children.
NICE said families with children under the age of five should let inspectors check the suitability of stairs, doors and windows in their homes.
The recommendations came as part of draft guidance, with final guidance due to be published by the close of 2010.
NICE said there were two million child admissions to A&E departments per year, at a cost of £146 million.
It added that this figure increased substantially when the cost of emergency service call-outs and follow-up treatment were taken into account.
NICE said primary care trusts should be responsible for ensuring that the assessments were carried out for families in their area.
Prof Mike Kelly, director of NICE's Centre for Public Health Excellence, said: "Our aim is not to promote a nanny state where children can’t have fun or lead normal lives, but there is an important balance to be struck between good and bad risks."
"Exposing children and young people to some risks can be beneficial, helping them to learn, develop and mature, but serious risks should be avoided."
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Title: Safety inspections for every household say NICE
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 14904
Date Added: 18th May 2010