The child’s safety

It is important to think about the child’s safety. This can diminish the risk of your child having an accident. Here you can read about how you can prevent accidents and what you can do if an accident occurs.

Children near water

It is important that children learn to swim as early as possible.

Children must have life vests in the water, on boats and when playing on the beach. But the risk also exists at home in the bathroom. A few centimetres of water can be enough. Never let your child out of your sight near water and do not be further away than from where you can grab the child.

If you don’t have a life vest you can often rent a life vest from the municipality.

You can read more on the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s (MSB) website Your Safety (Din säkerhet)

Children on bicycles

All who are up to age 15 must have a bicycle helmet. You may be fined if you ride a child on your bicycle if the child does not have a helmet.

The helmet must sit straight on the head and it must be stable. It will not protect if it sits tilted backward or tilted forward.

You can read more on the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s (MSB) website Your Safety (Din säkerhet).

Children in a car

In Sweden there is a law which says that everyone who rides in a car must use a seatbelt, both in the front seat and in the back seat. Children who are shorter than 135 centimetres must in addition use a special protective device, a baby protector, baby car chair, or a belted chair/cushion.

You can read more on the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s (MSB) website Your Safety (Din säkerhet).

Child safety at home

Children search their environment with curiosity but without being conscious of all the risks which exist around them.

In the Swedish Consumer Agency’s brochure Safe children - Secure parents (Säkra barn - trygga föräldrar), which has been translated into several languages, you can read more about child safety for the little child. On the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s (MSB) website Your Safety (Din säkerhet) you can read more about child safety during the time when the child is growing up.

Children and the internet

For you as a parent it can feel difficult to keep an eye on what your child does on the internet and what contacts he or she creates. Most of what happens on the internet is not dangerous but it happens that children become exposed to, or are involved in exposing other children to, such things as harassment or insulting behaviour.

The Swedish Media Council (Statens Medieråd) has developed a folder which will help you be supportive in a good way. The folder has been translated into several languages and can be read on the Swedish Media Council’s home page.

Heart and lung protection

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, (MSB), has developed two films which describe how to effect heart and lung protection.

  • Children younger than 1 year
  • Children older than 1 year

Emergency healthcare

SOS Alarm

Emergency number 112 - Film

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