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September 23, 2020
Take Fifteen Minutes to Check your Backyard Pool is Safe This Daylight Saving With summer approaching and families eagerly anticipating a return to backyard pool parties and gatherings after recent restrictions, Kidsafe has urged homeowners to ensure their backyard swimming pools are safe and comply with the regulations, to prevent toddler drownings. The call comes at the launch of Kidsafe’s annual ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ backyard pool safety campaign, which encourages pool and spa owners ...
September 17, 2020
Picture: Hunter Boyle - who tragically drowned in a Grahamvale dam while visiting his Grandfather’s farm. Kidsafe Victoria and The Royal Children’s Hospital are urging parents and carers to set up safe play areas and actively supervise children, in response to an alarming spike in unintentional injury deaths. Statistics from the Coroners Court of Victoria reveal that since 1st August, 8 children have died across metropolitan and regional Victoria due to unintentional injuries. These include 3 ...
September 11, 2020
Water safety authorities including Life Saving Victoria (LSV) and Kidsafe Victoria are calling for active supervision of children at pools, beaches and inland waterways following five toddler drowning deaths in Victoria in two months. Most recently, a two-year-old drowned after falling off a pier in Portarlington near Geelong on Thursday 3rd September. According to the Coroner’s Prevention Unit, there have now been five drownings of children aged 0-2 years over the past seven weeks in ...
September 9, 2020
Kidsafe Victoria has launched their ‘Farm Safety Creative Competition’, a new program designed to engage Victorian primary school aged students in learning about potential injury hazards that exist in farm environments, in a fun and interactive way. As part of the campaign, children are encouraged to unleash their creativity to design educational messages and materials including videos, posters, illustrated stories and radio ads, around the theme ‘Reducing Harm on the Farm’. Statistics from ...
August 30, 2020
Every week, approximately 20 children present to hospital emergency departments across the country due to button battery related injuries. Kidsafe Victoria is urging parents and carers to perform regular button battery audits of areas in and around their homes, to reduce the risk of children accessing and ingesting button batteries. Tragically, two Australian children have died due to button battery related injuries; four year old Summer Steer in 2013 and 14 month old Isabella Rees in 2015, ...
August 3, 2020
Kidsafe Victoria and the Monash Children’s Hospital have issued a warning to parents and carers about the dangers of using face masks or coverings, particularly for children under 2 years of age. The warning comes after the introduction of requirements for people living in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire to wear a face covering when leaving home, which came into effect from 11:59pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2020. Under the new requirements, children who are under the age of 12 ...