INTRODUCTION: This study was performed to investigate home accidents experienced by children aged 0-6 in the last two weeks, the level of security measures taken by mothers towards home accidents, and the affecting factors.
METHODS: The data were collected through a questionnaire form and "The Scale for Diagnosing the Safety Measures of the Mother for Home Accidents in Children 0-6" with 289 mothers with children aged 0-6 who applied to a pediatric clinic.
RESULTS: The mean score of the scale used in the study was 165.56±16.84. The higher the education level of the mother, the higher the scale score and the relationship between them was found to be statistically significant (p=0.033). The scale means score of working mothers was found to be significantly higher than that of non-working mothers (p=0.006). The mean score of mothers whose children had no home accident was higher than those whose children had a home accident, but the difference was insignificant (p=0.694). It was found that children of 9.00% of the mothers had had a home accident in the last two weeks, and the most common type of home accident was a fall. Most children who had a home accident were between 0-2.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: It was determined that demographic characteristics of mothers, such as education and working status, were effective in their knowledge and attitudes about home accidents.