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June 11, 2021
      Shennel Martin has joined forces with Kidsafe to share her story as part of National Burns Awareness Month and help raise awareness of burns prevention. Nearly twenty-six years ago in the small coastal town of Port Fairy, eight-year-old Shennel was happily playing in her room. She had lit her first communion candle and placed it on a dressing table. Turning her back to continue playing, she discovered that her t-shirt had caught fire when the flames whooshed up in front of her. Scared ...
June 9, 2021
June not only signifies the move into winter - it’s also National Burns Awareness Month, an initiative to drive greater awareness amongst the Australian community of the prevention and the correct first aid treatment for burns. Little Gracie’s story shows how burn and scald injuries can happen in a split second and the lifelong impact they can have.   “I RAN TO THE SIDE OF THE AMBULANCE AND LET OUT A SCREAM AS I SAW THE BACK OF MY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL'S HEAD WAS LIKE CHARCOAL.” Gracie ...
June 4, 2021
[Pictured: Milla today] Milla was eight years old when she suffered severe burns to her lower body. On this particular day, she came home from a party feeling hungry, so she did what she’s done many times before and prepared herself one of her favourite snacks - some instant noodles. Usually, Milla would sit up at a table while she eats, but on this occasion she didn’t. Instead, she sat down on the couch with the bowl of hot instant noodles resting in her lap. “It all happened so fast,” ...
May 26, 2021
Televisions, bookcases, wardrobes, and chests of drawers are items found in the majority of homes. While they may seem harmless, they can pose a serious safety risk if not secured. Every week up to 50 Australian’s are treated in hospital due to injuries sustained from toppling furniture or televisions. That’s 2,600 people. Every. Single. Year. Since 2001, at least 22 children under the age of nine have died in Australia from a preventable injury involving furniture or televisions tipping on ...
April 27, 2021
As a parent, we do our best to make our home as safe as possible for our children to play, grow and live in. We look around our homes, spot any potential injury hazards and then take action to remove or restrict access to them so no harm comes to our child. But what if there is a danger that you can’t see, smell, or even taste?   DO YOU HAVE A SILENT KILLER IN YOUR HOME? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a hidden danger that many people are unaware of. It is a toxic gas with fumes that are ...
March 25, 2021
A Mother's Instinct and How a Fall From a Change Table Changed Lives [Pictured: Taral cuddling Michelle] Brave Mum, Michelle, shares her story of how one incident changed the lives of her family forever. We’ve all been there. We’re exhausted, juggling a million and one things, the baby is crying for a feed and argh! There we go, another full nappy too. This was the story for Michelle, who on Christmas night 8 years ago, had her life changed.   I WAS CONCERNED AT HOW FAR HE HAD FALLEN “It ...