Welcome to the September edition of Kidsafe’s e-news! This month we have some important information on backyard pool and spa safety, as well as the upcoming Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo and the most recent product recalls. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and Twitter for lots of safety tips, advice and information!
Closing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning Campaign
Did you know that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age?
Backyard swimming pools are the most common location where toddler drowning incidents occur. Figures from the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report show that in 2014/15, over half of all toddler drowning incidents in Australia occurred in a backyard pool.
On Monday 28th September, former Olympian and father of three Matt Welsh launched Kidsafe’s ‘Closing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning’ campaign, calling on all pool and spa owners across the country to check the safety of their barriers in the lead up to the warmer months.
The campaign involves a number of stakeholders including Life Saving Victoria, Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority, Ambulance Victoria, SPASA VIC, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Department of Justice and Regulation and the Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group.
As part of the campaign, a range of information and resources have been made available to pool and spa owners via www.kidsafevic.com.au/water-safety/pool-fence-safety, including:
- Life Saving Victoria’s Home Pool Safety Self-Assessment tool and
- An information kit for estate agents, landlords and property managers
- Information on pool fencing legislation in Victoria
- Information on the importance of first aid and CPR
A big thank you to ARC fences who kindly provided the pool gate which was used as a prop at the launch
Visit Kidsafe at the Pregnacny, Babies & Children's Expo
The Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo is coming up in a couple of weeks! The expo is on from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
We will be there all weekend so make sure you come by our stand and say hello! We’ll have some free resource packs to give away and will also be ready to answer any child safety questions you may have - our team is always up for a chat!
To register for your FREE ticket to the event, please visit http://www.pbcexpo.com.au/melbourne/plan-and-go/tickets/
Myer – Babyworld T-shirt and Overall Set
This product has been recalled as the ring snaps may come loose and pose a potential choking hazard for children. If you have purchased this product please stop using it and return it to Myer for a full refund. For more information please visit www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1076728
The products below have been recalled as they don’t to meet the mandatory standard for children’s nightwear.
Girls Pink Cupcake Nightie, Sizes 1-6, Style Number 121372
Girls Soft Green Party Nightie, Sizes 1-6, Style Number 121372
Girls Purple Zebra Nightie, sizes 7 – 16, Style Number: 121377
Girls Green Sleep Nightie, sizes 7 -16, Style Number: 121377
Girls apricot cat Pyjama, sizes 1 – 6, Style Number: 230578
If you have purchased any of these products, please stop using them and return them to any Kmart store for a full refund. For more information please visit www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1076963.