Welcome to the October edition of Kidsafe Victoria’s e-news. This month will focus on National Kidsafe Day, The Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo and our newly developed burns prevention resource. We also have some information on the most recent product recalls. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for regular safety tips and updates – happy reading and stay safe!
Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo
The Kidsafe Victoria team attended the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo at the Exhibition Centre from Friday the 19th to Sunday the 21st of October. Over the weekend, the team distributed safety resources, advice and safety products – including mixer tap protectors (Perma Child Safety), tap covers (Hector the Tap Protector) and bath thermometers and spout covers (Safety 1st), to thousands of new and expecting parents.
National Kidsafe Day – Tuesday 23rd October 2018
This National Kidsafe Day, we also called for urgent changes to rental tenancy laws around the country to reflect the changes brought in by the Victorian and Western Australian Governments (Read more). These reforms will enable tenants to secure televisions and other heavy items to walls and floors, in a bid to prevent serious tip over injuries and deaths.
The aim of National Kidsafe Day is to show that child safety really is no accident – because many of the serious injuries that can change lives in just a split second, are preventable. Check out the Kidsafe Victoria Facebook page to view our series of short videos, which demonstrate how quickly incidents can happen and what measures parents and carers can put in place to reduce the risk.
“The doctor said that if it had been just a few centimetres either way it would have got me right across the neck and broken my neck.”
Read about Lauren Phillips’ near miss as a child when a bookshelf fell on her by clicking here and make sure you take action and secure any unstable furniture in your home today.
New resource development – Burns and scalds prevention
Supported by generous funding from Clipsal by Schneider Electric and the Julian Burton Burns Trust, Kidsafe Victoria have developed a new a burn and scald prevention resource, which is available on our website.
Statistics from the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit show that in 2015/16, 163 children aged 0-4 years were admitted to hospital and 1,216 presented to an emergency department due to a fire/burn/scald injury.
The brochure aims to increase parents and carers knowledge of common causes of child burn and scald injuries, practical measures that can be employed to reduce the risk and correct first aid procedures in the event that a child does receive a burn or scald. To download a copy of the brochure click here.
This product does not comply with the Australian mandatory safety standard. The cots fail various design, construction, performance and labelling requirements. These issues pose numerous potential risks to infants and children including entrapment, choking and fall hazards. Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact A T & R Pty Ltd for returns and refund. For further information, please click here.
Wheely Bug Toys Pty Ltd — Wheely Bug Lion Ride on Toy
The Wheely Bug Lion Ride on Toy does not comply with relevant mandatory standards. Small parts may come loose from this product and pose a potential choking and suffocation hazard to young children. Consumers who purchased an affected product should cease using it immediately and return it to their place of purchase for a refund or exchange. For further information, please click here.
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