MORE than two-thirds of parents are putting children at risk in their gardens, according to a new study.
Research by legal company Claims Direct found 68% of West Yorkshire mums and dads had failed to make their gardens childproof.
And it isn’t just parents own kids who are at risk. Two-thirds of the 1,000 British adults surveyed admitted they would not supervise other people’s children in their garden – despite legal consequences if a child is hurt.
John Webber of Claims Direct said: “More than 40 per cent of those surveyed in West Yorkshire admitted they were concerned about the prospect of another person’s child being injured in their garden.
“Despite this, we believe awareness of the legal implications of such an injury taking place remains extremely low.”
Now Claims Direct and Whoops! Child Safety are urging people to childproof their gardens.
Keep trampolines away from walls and fences;
For garden toys always follow manufacturers guidelines;
Supervise paddling pools at all times – a child can drown in two inches of water;
Cover up ponds;
Keep kids away from a lit barbecue and ensure it cools after use.
For more details visit www.whoopschildsafety.co.uk or call 0191 477 7366.