Home Accident Prevention
In Northern Ireland in a typical week, two people die as a result of home accidents. In addition to these deaths, there are approximately 17,000 admissions to hospital each year as a result of unintentional injuries in general.
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Promoting Wellbeing Division aim to provide information and resources to their staff and general public on home accidents and how to prevent them. The work is guided by the Home Accident Prevention Strategy (2015 – 2025) and the aim is to minimise injuries and deaths caused by home accidents.
Home accidents can easily be prevented by being aware of the dangers and hazards that are present in the home environment and putting in place interventions to minimise the risks. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of accidents in the home. Check for hazards and risks.
This strategy is concerned with the whole population of Northern Ireland but has a particular focus on babies and children under 5 and over 65’s.
- Older people’s safety training
- Emergency Paediatric first aid training
- Child safety training
We provide information and resources on burns and scalds, poisoning, strangulation, falls, water safety and choking. Check out our home safety check scheme for babies and children aged under 5 which aims to prevent accidents from happening in and around the home.
It is essential that older adults are empowered to live safe, healthy and independent lives by keeping their homes accident free. Check out our home safety check scheme for people aged over 65 which aims to prevent accidents from happening in and around the home.
October Positive Ageing Month Celebration Event
Positive Ageing Month takes place this October and is a month-long festival of events and activities to highlight the valuable contribution older people make to everyone’s lives. It encourages older people to reach out and connect not only to reduce social isolation and loneliness but to support them to live, long healthy lives.
- Physical Activity Event for Falls Awareness
- Check out all the Positive Ageing Month Activities available throughout the Borough this October 2023. Booking is essential.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness
Carbon monoxide is released from the burning of carbon based fossil fuels including coal, gas, oil, petrol, paraffin, charcoal and wood. Carbon monoxide poisoning causes around 50 deaths each
year in the UK as well as a number of hospital admissions. It is known as the ‘silent killer’ – you can’t see it, taste it or smell it.
November is Northern Ireland’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month. Click to read more.
- Fact Sheets – Symptoms
- Fact Sheets – Staying Safe
- Fact Sheets – Out of Home
- Fact Sheets – Most at Risk
- Landlord guidance