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Hot Drinks, Water and Food Burn Like Fire

Kidsafe Victoria Issue Red Alert for National Burns Awareness Month

Kidsafe Victoria is urging parents and carers to be vigilant and take action to reduce the risks of burns and scalds in the lead up to winter, a time of heightened burns risk.

The call comes at the start of National Burns Awareness Month – a campaign that raises awareness of the prevention and appropriate first aid measures for minor burns.

Statistics from the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ) show that in 2016/17, almost 1,000 Australian and New Zealand children were admitted to a burns unit.

The most common causes of paediatric burns and scalds were hot beverages (20%), water from saucepan/kettle/jug/billy/urn (13%), food (8%), coals/ashes (6%), water from tap/bath/shower (4%) and fat/oil (4%).

Jason Chambers, General Manager of Kidsafe Victoria, highlighted that children’s lack of awareness of danger placed them at increased risk of burn injuries.

“Children are naturally curious and like to explore their surroundings, however they don’t understand the danger posed by many common household burn and scald hazards.”

“A child’s skin is thinner and more sensitive than an adult’s and will therefore result in a more severe burn. Burn injuries can have a long term impact on children, both mentally and physically in terms of requiring painful skin grafts, ongoing treatment and causing permanent scarring”, said Mr Chambers.

Half of all child burn injuries occurred in the home kitchen, with incidents commonly occurring when a child was near an adult who was preparing food or drink.

Kidsafe Victoria is urging all parents and carers to download the burn and scald home safety checklist from www.kidsafevic.com.au and follow some key steps to prevent burns and scalds to children this winter.

They are also urging the public to familiarise themselves with the correct first aid measures to treat minor burns if they do occur.

“If a burn occurs, it’s critical that cool running water is applied to the burn area for a minimum of 20 minutes. Administration of the correct first aid measures can make a significant difference in the child’s rehabilitation and long term outcome of the burn injury”, said Mr Chambers.

National Burns Awareness Month is an initiative held at the beginning of winter in June each year as there is a significantly increased risk of burns during this time.  With the support of mundicare® Burnaid® gel, Kidsafe will be hosting a series of national educational and awareness initiatives throughout the month.

For more information about the prevention and treatment of minor burns, please visit www.kidsafevic.com.au

Kidsafe Victoria Supports the Victorian Government’s Proposed Changes to Pool and Spa Barrier Laws

‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’

Kidsafe Victoria Supports the Victorian Government’s Proposed Changes to Pool and Spa Barrier Laws

Kidsafe Victoria has welcomed the proposed changes to the State’s pool and spa barrier laws which were announced today by the Minister for Planning, The Hon Richard Wynne.

As part of the proposed regulatory changes:

  • A mandatory register will be established including all household pools and spas across the state.
  • A mandatory inspection regime will be implemented, seeing all pools and spas inspected as frequently as once every three years.
  • A certificate of compliance will be required at point of sale or lease of a property.

Jason Chambers, General Manager of Kidsafe Victoria, said that Kidsafe Victoria supported the introduction of the proposed regulatory changes.

“Kidsafe Victoria, together with other industry stakeholders, have been campaigning over a number of years for the introduction of measures including a mandatory pool and spa register and mandatory pool and spa barrier inspection system”, said Mr Chambers.

“The introduction of measures such as these, in combination with existing education efforts, are vital to effectively reduce the rate of childhood drowning in home pools and spas in Victoria.”

The Government will introduce the regulatory overhaul into Parliament in June, with the new register and inspection regime expected to be in place by the 2018 summer season.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show that in 2016/17, 29 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (45%) occurred in backyard swimming pools.

While pool and spa barriers play an important role in reducing the risk of childhood drowning, Kidsafe Victoria is reminding the public that nothing can replace active adult supervision of children in and around water.

“Children drown quickly and silently. Together with a compliant pool barrier, it is important that children are always actively supervised by an adult when in and around water to help keep them safe. For toddlers, this means an adult being within arm’s reach at all times”, said Mr Chambers.

‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ Campaign

Kidsafe’s ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign raises awareness about the need to regularly check and maintain pool and spa barriers, providing pool and spa owners with a call to action to do so at the beginning of daylight saving each year.

The campaign also focuses on other important aspects of child water safety, including the importance of supervision, first aid/CPR and water familiarisation and swimming lessons for children.

More information about the campaign, including a pool and spa safety checklist, can be accessed via https://www.kidsafevic.com.au/water-safety/pool-fence-safety.

 

Almost 500 Victorian Children Treated in Hospital Annually for Farm Injuries

Kidsafe Victoria has released the results of its Farm Safety Creative Competition, an initiative aimed at preventing the number of serious injuries on farms which are responsible for almost ten Victorian children per week being treated in hospital.

Farm Safety Creative Competition Video: First Year 5 – 6

The Farm Safety Creative Competition, which was supported by WorkSafe Victoria, invited primary school aged children throughout the State to create a video, illustrated story or poster on the theme ‘staying safe on the farm’. Kidsafe Victoria General Manager, Jason Chambers said statistics from the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit show that in 2015/16, 491 Victorian children aged 0-14 years were treated in hospital for an injury that occurred on a farm. “Common injury hazards for children on farms include machinery, vehicles (e.g. tractors and motorbikes), animals, water hazards (e.g. dams, rivers, creeks and animal drinking troughs) and poisons (e.g. pesticides)”, said Mr Chambers.

“Farms typically combine the family home and an industrial workplace, which means children are exposed to a wide range of hazards that aren’t present in urban home environment.” Mr Chambers said that being aware of potential injury hazards and measures that can be put in place to reduce the risk is not only vital for families that live on farms, but also those who are visiting a farm. This is particularly pertinent with Easter and the upcoming school holidays when many families may be visiting relatives on a farm or staying on a rural property.

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Winner of the Prep – Grade 1 Poster

The winning competition entries will be used as part of a month long social media campaign through Kidsafe Victoria’s Facebook page, to raise awareness of the various child injury hazards that exist on farms and practical strategies that can be employed to reduce the risks.


To view the winning entries in the Farm Safety Creative Competition please visit https://www.kidsafevic.com.au/home-safety/farm- safety-creative-competition.

 

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