Home haz­ards still ap­ply on hol­i­day

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Gwyn­neth Hay­wood

Sum­mer is upon us and thou­sands of fam­i­lies will be tak­ing time out to go on hol­i­days.

While we want ev­ery­one to have fun, we also want the hol­i­day to be safe, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren.

If you have booked short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion, we have a list of safety checks you should carry out as soon as you ar­rive.

We pre­fer par­ents avoid ac­com­mo­da­tion with bunk beds, but if you have no choice, then make sure the top bunk has a guardrail, there are no gaps that could trap a child’s head, the lad­der is se­cure and ceil­ing fans are at least 2m from the top bunk.

If you are hir­ing a cot, it must com­ply with the Aus­tralian stan­dard where the sides and ends are fully locked while the cot is in use. Older style cots may not com­ply.

Cur­tain and blind cords can and do kill chil­dren by pos­ing a se­ri­ous stran­gu­la­tion haz­ard.

Ac­ci­dents can be avoided if the cords are more than 1.6m from the floor and se­cured to the wall with a cleat or ten­sion­ing de­vice.

Check to make sure there are no long, loose cords and that couches, beds and cots are not close enough to the cord for young chil­dren to reach it.

Any pool with water deeper than 30cm must be fenced and have a self-clos­ing, self-latch­ing gate.

Drown­ings have oc­curred when gates have been left propped open or ob­jects that can be climbed on left near the fence, so check th­ese haz­ards don’t ex­ist.

Por­ta­ble pools pose a se­ri­ous drown­ing risk even though they do not need to be fenced off. Empty por­ta­ble pools af­ter use and store them away se­curely.

Flota­tion de­vices should not be seen as a re­place­ment for adult su­per­vi­sion.

Arm­bands, rub­ber rings or float­ing mat­tresses are made of ma­te­ri­als that can per­ish in the sun or be burst by a sharp ob­ject.

If the ac­com­mo­da­tion has a spa, chil­dren should be closely su­per­vised at all times. Don’t al­low them to put their head un­der­wa­ter as their hair can get caught in the fil­ter and there is a se­ri­ous risk of drown­ing.

There have also been nu­mer­ous in­juries and deaths caused by heavy fur­ni­ture top­pling onto chil­dren, so don’t al­low chil­dren to climb onto fur­ni­ture. Check the fur­ni­ture is se­cure and don’t place any items on top of the fur­ni­ture that might tempt chil­dren to try to climb to reach the top of it.

If the prop­erty has a bal­cony, keep out­door fur­ni­ture away from the edge and en­sure chil­dren do not climb on the bal­cony fur­ni­ture or rail­ings.

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