As the summer months continue, empty and derelict buildings can become a magnet for children looking to explore and play in them.
This week looks at abandoned and derelict buildings, and also building sites, which are full of hidden dangers such as weak roofs, asbestos, staircases that lead to nowhere, broken glass, rusty metal railings and holes in the ground covered by rubbish.
Many children are injured, and several die each year as a result of accidents on building sites.
There are so many safe places for children and young people to play and explore close to home, and plenty of organised activities taking place during the summer holidays.
“Are you confident that you know where your children are playing with their friends?” asks Angela Brady, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG. “Remember to remind them of the hazards that abandoned buildings and unsecured sites can pose.”
There are many significant risks associated with derelict buildings:
- Things falling on you
- You falling from things
- You falling into things
- Electrical dangers
- Chemical dangers
- Getting hit or squashed
- Wounds and cuts
- Getting trapped
It’s especially important that children know that there may be no one around to help them if they do have an accident on a building site. People may not see or hear someone who is in trouble. They won’t know that someone is there in order to seek help.
To find out more, watch 'Derelict' a video produced by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, highlighting the dangers and potential consequences of entering derelict building - https://youtu.be/-i7guPZdVSw