Staying safe in Summer

Staying safe in summer.

As the weather warms up our thoughts often turn to planning for holidays and fun festive celebrations, but it’s important to remember that common items used at this time of year can be hazardous.

To have a safe Summer and avoid injury, follow these safety tips:

  •  The six S’s of toy safety
  • Trampolines – think safety first
  • The S.A.F.E way to enjoy swimming aids and pools
  • Beware of button batteries
 Christmas toys

 With Christmas fast approaching, we are urging Queenslanders to ‘Think Safety First’ and follow the six S’s of toy safety when they are choosing gifts for the little ones in their lives.

Size
The smaller the child, the bigger the toy should be. Avoid any toy containing small parts or parts that could easily break off. Parts smaller than a ping pong ball could choke a child under three years.

Shape
Be wary of products that could be swallowed and have sharp edges and points.

Surface
Small children will place objects in their mouths so make sure all materials and finishes are non-toxic (product packaging will usually include this information).

Strings
Anything over 30 centimetres may pose a strangulation hazard for a small child and should be removed.

Secure
Button batteries can cause severe and potentially fatal injuries if swallowed. Ensure all products containing these batteries have secure battery compartments so that children cannot access them. They should be secured with a screw or other child-resistant locking mechanism.

Supervision
Nothing replaces close supervision by parents and caregivers.

Trampolines

Trampolines can be lots of fun, especially for young children.  Think safety first with these helpful tips. 

Choose a safe model
Only buy a trampoline that complies with the Australian Standard (AS 4989).

Check the trampoline
Regularly check the trampoline for any wear and tear, and ensure the safety pads are secure and the legs are locked into place.

Use on soft ground
Place the trampoline on soft ground or impact-absorbing material—not concrete.

Have a clear jumping area
Keep the area around and above the trampoline free from hazards.

Supervise your children
Always watch your children when they play on the trampoline. To make their jumping time fun and accident free, make sure there is only one child on the trampoline at any time.

Swimming aids and portable pools

Supervise
Kids are curious, attracted to water and may like to climb. Portable pools in the back yard can seem toy-like and remind them of bath-time. So always actively watch children within arm’s reach. Don’t leave older children in charge.

Act
Learn emergency responses including CPR. It’s important to start compressions and breaths as soon as possible when a child is pulled from the water and to call triple zero (000) for help. If there are two people, one should make the phone call while the other does CPR.

Fence
In Queensland, if a pool has more than 30cm or 2,000L of water in it, there is a legal requirement to have a compliant safety barrier. Check with your local council regarding fencing requirements.

Empty and store safely
After keeping watch all day, pour out the water and put the pool away where children can’t reach it. Never leave it where it can refill with rain or sprinkler water.

Button batteries

Make sure the battery compartments found in common household items are secure.
Only buy products that are secured with a child-resistant locking mechanism, or require 2 independent and simultaneous movements to access.
Store spare button batteries in a cupboard out of children’s reach.
If you believe your child has swallowed a button battery, contact the Poisons Information Centre immediately on 13 11 26. If this is not possible, go straight to the hospital emergency room.

Information courtesy of www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading

 

Published — 06 November 2019 Last updated — 06 November 2019

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