Video flags kids’ injury causes
Consumer Protection has collaborated with Westlink TV to produce a video titled Home Safety for Baby, which aims to help prevent childhood accidents or fatalities through increased awareness about potential hazards.
Injuries are the leading cause of death in Australian children aged 1-14, accounting for nearly half of all deaths in this age group. More children die from injury than 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 available on the Consumer Protection WA YouTube channel and website at dmirs.wa.gov.au/child-safety.
The video features representatives from Kidsafe WA, the Royal Life Saving Society of WA and Red Nose, as well as 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 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.
Recently, the Coroner’s Court of Western Australia heard about the tragic circumstances of a child who was crushed to death when a chest of drawers, which was not secured to a wall, fell on top of him.
Another less well-known potential hazard comes from button batteries.
These batteries are found in items such as keys, remote controls, flashing objects and kitchen scales, and can cause choking or serious illness. Up to 20 children each week end up in emergency departments in Australia with a button battery-related injury.
So items with these batteries need to be out of reach of babies, and the battery compartments should not be able to be opened by a child.
A tips sheet is available for viewers to refer to after watching the video to help in taking action at home to improve safety for babies.
The link to the sheet is in the information below the video on YouTube and also on the website.
Any parent or carer who needs further information, or requires assistance in getting permission from a property manager or landlord to safely anchor furniture, should contact Consumer Protection on 1300 304 054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.