Story book will help protect youngsters from accidental poisoning

A COLOURFUL new story book and resource pack for teachers and parents aims to protect thousands of young children across East Sussex
from accidental poisoning.
Launched to coincide with Child Safety Week, June 3 to 9, Staying Safe
with Sam uses interactive stories to help youngsters stay safe around
laundry and cleaning products.
Produced by national charity the Child
Accident Prevention Trust, and sponsored by the trade body UKCPI – UK Cleaning Products Industry Association – the resource has been
distributed to reception classes countywide.
Darrell Gale, Director of
Public Health at East Sussex County Council said: “Last year, an average of three children under-five attended an East Sussex A&E every week
due to accidental poisoning, with laundry and cleaning products a
common cause.
“Our rate of emergency hospital admissions for
accidental poisoning in under-fives is significantly higher than the England average, so we’re really pleased East Sussex is one of only two counties in the whole of England chosen to roll out this important new safety resource.”
Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust
said: “While cleaning and laundry products make our lives much easier, if they get into the hands of unsuspecting young children, they can cause serious harm.
“Staying Safe with Sam is a fun way of teaching children how to keep themselves and their younger brothers and sisters safe. We’re pleased to be partnering with East Sussex County Council on this important project.”
Each reception class in East Sussex has received a free copy of Staying
Safe with Sam, comprising:
– A rhyming story book with four accident scenarios
– A teacher’s handbook with curriculum links, a lesson plan for each of
the four scenarios in the story book, plus an activity bank of ideas for
classroom extension activities
– A home-link pack for every child, comprising a cover letter, homework sheet, mini story book, fact sheet and poster to take home to their
parents
Following an initial pilot, if this localised roll-out is successful in contributing towards a reduction in the number of young children who are taken to hospital due to accidental poisoning, Staying Safe with Sam could be
rolled out on a national scale.