Baby steps for home safety

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tives 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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