January 1, 2019
Kidsafe Victoria e-news January 2019

Welcome to the first edition of Kidsafe Victoria’s 2019 e-news. We hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas break. This edition has some helpful safety tips for January – including what to do if you are having an Australia Day BBQ or pool party – and how you can teach your child road safety in a fun and interactive way. You’ll also find some information about the upcoming  Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo, the SPASA Pool and Spa Expo and the latest product recalls. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for regular safety tips and updates – happy reading and stay safe!

Back to school already!


School starts back on the 29th of January, which means that 40km school zones will be back in action. Remember to look out for all road signs and be careful when driving around schools, particularly during the busy drop off and pick up times.

Our Elmo Stays Safe iPad App provides a fun and interactive way to teach kids about pedestrian safety. To download a copy of the app or e-book, please visit https://www.kidsafevic.com.au/road-safety/sesame

Who’s watching the kids this Australia Day?

who is watching the kids

Are you planning on having or going to a BBQ this Australia day? Many people will be enjoying the long weekend with friends and family and some will be lucky enough to be having a dip in the pool too.

When lots of adults and children gather for party at house with a pool, it can often seem like there is extra supervision for children. However, these situations can often be the most risky, as everyone may assume that someone else is watching the kids when in fact, nobody is.

Children can drown quickly and silently – in as little as 20 seconds – so it is important to have a plan in place to ensure that they are actively supervised around water at all times.

If you are having a BBQ this Australia Day, nominate ‘designated supervisors’ whose role it is to supervise children in and around the water – that way, there is no confusion as to who is watching the kids. This role can be shared throughout the day so everyone gets a chance to relax. You can even use a special hat or wristband so that it is clear who the designated supervisors are. 

To find out more about pool safety and what you can do to set your backyard pool defence this season, please click here.


Save the date – PBC Expo in Feb

Catch Kidsafe at the Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo from the 23rd to the 24th of February at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Kidsafe will be there to answer any of your child safety questions, as well as handing out some free safety resources.

Head to the website now to get your hands on your free ticket and save $20. We’d love to see you there!


SPASA Victoria Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living: 1-3 February 2019

spasa summer 2019

Has the warm weather got you thinking about installing a pool in your backyard? Visit the SPASA Victoria Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from Feb 1-3 for expert advice on swimming pools, spas, pool equipment, heaters, automated cleaning systems, accessories and landscaping ideas, to help create your dream backyard!

Please click on the image above to find out more and book your tickets today.


Product Recalls

Kmart Remote ControlKmart Remote Control 1:6 – ATV Madness 2.4 Ghz.

In some instances, the USB charger supplied with the toy can overheat and melt the charger’s plastic housing; this poses a burns risk for children. Customers should stop using their product immediately and return it to any Kmart store for a full refund. For further information, please click here.



Target Australia Pty Ltd Organic Cotton Coveralls

Target Australia Pty Ltd — Organic Cotton Coveralls

The zip puller may detach near the foot due to a   manufacturing issue. The detached zip puller may pose a choking/ingestion risk to infants.  Consumers should stop using the product immediately and return it to a Target or Target Country store  for a full refund. For further information, please click here.