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Cornwall's Child Accidents

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:18am 23rd June 2014

Pirate FM has learnt one in four Cornish parents say their child has come close to having a serious accident during the morning rush.

New figures show stepping out in front of traffic and burns from hot drinks are among the big worries.

A third in the Duchy say their children have been burnt by hair straighteners, like Lisa from Marazion: "You're clock-watching as well, you're trying to get two of them ready, you've got to make sure they've got their bags packed, breakfast done - everything. It is literally just that split second that it can all go wrong.

"Straight away you blame yourself. You think to yourself, oh I should have seen that. You're trying to fit so many things in but it's the simple things. You've really got to drum it into them at an early age; do not touch."

The Child Accident Prevention Trust which compiled the figures is trying to raise awareness about safety.

Spokeswoman Katrina Philips said: "We're living very, very pressurised lives and I think it's not surprising that sometimes safety isn't there front of mind.

"We're in a mad rush getting breakfast ready, grabbing a mug of coffee but before you know it, your baby's poured a scolding hot mug of coffee over their face or maybe they've trodden on your hair straighteners which have actually got so hot you could've cooked your breakfast on them."

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