Baby steps for home safety
CONSUMER Protection has collaborated with Westlink TV to produce a video titled Home Safety for Baby, which aims to help to prevent childhood accidents or fatalities through increased awareness about potential hazards.
Injuries are the leading cause of death in Australian children aged one to 14, accounting for nearly half of all deaths in this age group. More children die of injury than of cancer, asthma and infectious diseases.
Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented and raising awareness about safety in the home is a key part of this.
Designed for anyone who cares for babies and young children, the video is now available on the Consumer Protection WA You Tube channel and website at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/childsafety.
The video features representatives from Kidsafe WA, the Royal Life Saving Society of WA, Red Nose and Consumer Protection’s principal product safety officer Luke Eaton, with topics covered including safe sleeping, curtain and blind cords, button batteries, securing furniture and using child car seats.
Parents and carers are usually well aware of safety issues, such as ensuring children are restrained in a car seat or that they are supervised around water, but some less obvious hazards covered include the dangers posed by furniture falling on children.
Nationally, up to two children die each year from these kinds of injuries, and the video includes some tips about securing hazardous items such as cabinets and televisions, as well as advice to contact your landlord about attaching devices such as brackets if you are renting.
A take away ‘tips sheet’ is also available for viewers to refer to after watching the video. The link to the sheet is in the information below the video on You Tube and also on the website.
Any parents or carers who need further information, or require assistance in getting permission from a property manager or landlord to safely anchor furniture, should contact Consumer Protection on 1300 304054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.