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Reduce your risk of an accident at home, on the road and on holiday

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This page is mainly based around the website from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. This is an excellent website with a treasure trove of information which is worth looking at. Accidents in the home are surprisingly common and many are preventable. Every driver is aware of road safety but as the memories of one’s driving test fade it is worth a refresh with new simple and effective ideas such as the “Dutch reach” method for opening a car door. Holidays are a time of fun and again simple steps can ensure that always remains the case.

how common

More people die in accidents in their own home than car accidents and many of these accidents are preventable

As the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) state
“Every year in the UK more than 6,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking treatment.“ RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)  Home safety – RoSPA


From RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)
This is an excellent website with detailed information and advice, which is well organised and worth us all looking at.
Advice and information Advice and information – RoSPA

From the NHS 

Safety for children

From the NHS
Baby and toddler safety Baby and toddler safety – NHS

Parents of young children in particular will find this section helpful
Accidents to children Accidents to children – RoSPA

Trampolines are a common cause of accidents in the garden.
Garden trampolines Garden trampolines – RoSPA


Falls in later life are well covered by RoSPA
Falls prevention Falls prevention in the home – free videos and downloadable resources – RoSPA

For detailed information on reducing the risk of falls see under


From RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)
“The Road Safety department at RoSPA produces a vast array of advice and information for drivers on all aspects of driving.”
Drivers  Drivers – RoSPA

This includes for drivers to protect cyclists the simple but effective “Dutch Reach”
Cyclists and motorcyclists Cyclists and motorcyclists – RoSPA

Safety for children

This considers safety on a drive way or with a parked car for children
Child safety -road Child safety – RoSPA

From the NHS
Choosing a baby car seat Choosing a baby car seat – NHS

From Gov UK
Includes some helpful information around safety
Child car seats: the law Child car seats: the law: Using a child car seat or booster seat – GOV.UK

Road safety courses and guidance

From Buckinghamshire Council

Self-referral for a driving assessment

Anyone can self-refer to get a driving assessment which can be very helpful in certain situations. How to do this can be found in the self-referral section under

“A driving assessment is different from a driving test. It is designed to review your driving and you will be given an honest opinion of your skills and ability.” People use them to confirm that they are still able to drive safely following a recent diagnosis of a medical condition. Some just want reassurance as they get older and their reactions have slowed a little.


There is some simple advice probably some of which we already follow but it is also worth sharing this with the whole family.

From RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)
Water and leisure safety Water and leisure safety – RoSPA

From the NHS
Keeping your baby safe in the sun Keeping your baby safe in the sun – NHS

Videos and podcasts

On the videos and podcasts page there are links to some relevant videos and podcasts covering the topic of reducing your risk of accidents.

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