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Quarter Of Cornish Children Has Come Close To Serious Injury or Death

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4:22pm 24th June 2013
(Updated 4:22pm 24th June 2013)

Pirate FM has learnt that one in four Cornish children has come close to a serious injury or even death.

According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the biggest near misses are stepping out in front of traffic, falling down stairs or nearly drowning.

Some parents say they have wound up saving their kids' lives five times.

Eight year old Morgan from Illogan is more careful after being knocked off his bike: "My friend was on another side of the road, we were playing races and we went down a slope and then a car speeded and it scat me off my bike."

Morgan's mum Tessa Ellis tells Pirate FM safety is a worry: "He's eight and he sees no danger; he just goes.

"Although the speed limit's put in place nobody takes any notice and they don't see the dangers of children going to school."

Kevin Lowe speaks for the Child Accident Prevention Trust and has this advice for parents: "Try and get down to the size they are and have a little root around the rooms where you think the dangers are most likely to be. See if you can spot things that maybe you didn't from your adults' viewpoint, you know, you're taking a child's viewpoint.

"For young children, the real dangers are burns from hot drinks, poisons from getting hold of household products, that's a real danger, but for older children it's the roads."

4:22pm 24th June 2013

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