Baby steps for home safety

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - LET’S EAT - With Act­ing Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sioner David Hill­yard

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 con­sumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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