Welcome to the September edition of Kidsafe’s e-news!
This month you’ll find information about how to prevent TV tip-overs, our new Elmo Stays Safe iPad App and some recent product recalls.
Kidsafe Victoria has recently moved office. Our phone number and PO Box have not changed, so you can still contact us on 9036 2306.
Our PO Box is 1005 Collingwood VIC 3066.
We would like to say a big thank you to Vas Nickolovski from Business Jet Travel for providing us with in kind office space for the past year, a favour for which we are extremely grateful.
One day in September that reminds us about TV tip-overs.
Who will be watching the AFL grand final this weekend?
With so many families gathering around the TV, it’s a great time to make sure that it is safe and secure.
Every year, many children are injured from furniture such as TVs tipping onto them. Between 2006-2010, 297 Victoria children were presented to emergency departments due to a TV tip-over injury.
To make sure this doesn’t happen to your child, follow these simple steps before settling down to watch the game:
- Anchor flat screen TV’s to the wall or cabinet. You can purchase TV safety straps from many hardware stores and TV retailers
- Push the TV as far back as possible on the TV stand
- Remove items from the top of the TV that might tempt young children to climb, such as toys, lollies and remote controls.
For more information on TV and furniture tip-overs, please visit http://www.kidsafevic.com.au/home-safety/tv-and-furniture-tip-overs
Elmo Stays Safe
Elmo and Grover joined Kidsafe Victoria at the Aspendale Auskick clinic to launch the new iPad app, ‘Elmo Stays Safe’. The app is part of a campaign developed by Kidsafe Victoria and Sesame Workshop to prevent child motor vehicle and pedestrian injuries and deaths in Australia.
On average, 7 Australian children are killed and a further 60 are injured in driveway run-over incidents every year.
The app is a fun way for families to learn about the importance of staying safe around cars, driveways, car parks and roads.
To find out more about the campaign and to download the app or e-book, please visit http://kidsafevic.com.au/resources/sesame.
Safety Tip of the Month
ACCC Crackdown on Unsafe Household Cots
A number of household cots have been recalled in the past several months, for not complying with the mandatory safety standard. The following cots have recently been recalled:
|Love N Care Pty Ltd- Elite Regal Cot
The cot poses an entrapment hazard to children’s fingers. Affected customers should have been contacted and supplied with a replacement base.
|Baby-Direct.com.au- Virginia 3-in-1 Sleigh Baby Cot
|Catchoftheday.com.au Pty Ltd- 3-in-1 Sleigh Baby Cot
This cot also poses and entrapment and suffocation risk to infants. Catchoftheday will provide a full refund for the product and arrange for it to be collected and destroyed.
|Frank Masons Pty Ltd- Wooden Baby Sleigh Cot Bed
If you are unsure about whether a cot you own has been recalled, or if it complies with the Australian Standard, visit https://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952401 For more information.