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International Awareness Week on Button Battery Safety

In Australia, an estimated four children per week present to an emergency department with an injury related to a button battery. 

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The Hon. Heidi Victoria, Minister   for Consumer Affairs, with Pranav Chand at the button battery safety launch   at the Monash Children's Hospital.

As part of the International Awareness Week on Button Battery Safety, Erica Edmands, President of Kidsafe Victoria, highlighted the severe and little known risk these batteries pose for children. Ms Edmands advised that button batteries are often 'invisible' to adults as many devices come with the batteries already installed.

"To small children, a button battery could look like a silver lolly, however if they are ingested, they can lead to deadly consequences," said Ms Edmands.

"We are urging parents to conduct a button battery audit in their home and car to ensure all used button batteries are disposed of safely."

Earlier today, Ms Edmands joined the Minister for Consumer Affairs, The Hon Heidi Victoria and Dr Adam West at Monash Children's Hospital with a powerful ham demonstration showing just how quickly the batteries can erode through tissue.

Button batteries can be found in everyday devices, including:

  •          Remote controls e.g. ones that unlock car doors and control electronic devices;
  •          Calculators;
  •          Hearing aids;
  •          Bathroom scales;
  •          Reading lights;
  •          Flameless candles; and
  •          Talking and singing books and greeting cards.
  •          Examine devices and make sure the battery compartment is secure;
  •          Keep coin-sized button batteries and devices out of sight and out of reach of small children;
  •          Dispose of old button batteries immediately;
  •          If swallowing of a button battery is suspected, go to an emergency department immediately; and
  •          Tell others about this threat and share these steps.

For more information regarding the dangers posed by button batteries, please visit Kidsafe Victoria's Facebook  page and website at www.kidsafevic.com.au/home-safety/button-batteries.

 

Kidsafe's top tips for keeping children safe around batteries: 

 

  •          Examine devices and make sure the battery compartment is secure;
  •          Keep coin-sized button batteries and devices out of sight and out of reach of small children;
  •          Dispose of old button batteries immediately;
  •          If swallowing of a button battery is suspected, go to an emergency department immediately; and
  •          Tell others about this threat and share these steps.

 

 

 

 

‘Play it Safe by the Water’ Campaign Targets Toddler Drowning Risk

wsa-launch1Kidsafe Victoria joined the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon Kim Wells, on Tuesday May 20th to launch the Play it Safe by the Water Mother Duck campaign.  The initiative will see 30,000 duck families branded with water safety messages distributed to parents at their child’s 12 month Maternal and Child Health visit.

Minister Wells was joined by Channel 9 reporter Alicia Loxley and her 6 month old son Archie, Erica Edmands (Kidsafe Victoria President) and Helen Cunningham (Maternal and Child Health Coordinator at Glen Eira City Council) to launch the campaign.

wsa-launch2Kidsafe Victoria’s new online Home Water Safety Audit, designed to highlight the hidden dangers which can pose a drowning threat around the home, was also officially launched on the day.

The new resource assists parents and carers to identify water safety hazards around their homes in as little as a few minutes. Upon registering and completing a series of questions about the home environment, the user is provided with a series of tailored ‘action items’ to conduct in order to improve water safety around their home.

wsa-apFor more information and to access the Home Water Safety Audit, please visit http://www.kidsafevic.com.au/water-safety/water-safety-audit

 

Water safety facts:

  • 31 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned in 2012/13, including 3 Victorian children.
  • For every drowning death involving a child aged 0-4 in Victoria there are a further 10 non-fatal incidents, many which result in a child receiving permanent brain damage.
  • 20 seconds is all it takes for a toddler to drown.

Minister warns: leaving kids in hot cars can be dangerous

As temperatures soared to 40 degrees today, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell joined Kidsafe Victoria to warn parents about the dangers of leaving young children in hot cars.