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Tripping tops children's list of safety concerns in home environment

2012/04/10 17:01:22

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Accidents caused by tripping top children's list of safety concerns in a domestic environment, according to the results of a study conducted by the Ching-chuan Child Safety Foundation Tuesday.

According to the survey, 51.5 percent of children polled said they were most worried about tripping over and injuring themselves, 50.2 percent said they feared getting their fingers caught in a door, while 42.3 percent said they were concerned about stumbling over obstacles on the ground.

As in an outdoor environment, 41.6 percent of children said they worried about getting lost, 36.4 percent said they feared being burned by a scooter's exhaust pipe and 38.4 percent said they worried about falling over, according to the foundation's survey.

Lin Yue-chin, chief executive of the foundation, pointed out that nearly 70 percent of accidents involving children occurred at home, usually in the living room, bathroom, kitchen or on the balcony.

Parents should therefore take necessary precautions with pointy furniture and keep dangerous equipment or substances out of reach of children, she said.

Parents should also help children develop the ability to react to dangerous situations, such as how to protect themselves when faced with strangers.

The survey was conducted in March on elementary school children, with valid questionnaires totaled 1,129.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Ann Chen)