He Your Baby Family Emergency, Injury Prevention and Safety Guide is designed for use in an emergency. We suggest that you read these pages carefully. If you keep yourself familiar with emergency procedures by reading this booklet
efforts of its allies to reduce accidental injuries.
Children under the age of five are at particular risk for injuries, but all age groups are affected. Statistically, more boys than girls die from injuries and the most common include traffic accidents, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning. Not surprisingly, most injuries in young children happen in or around their homes. You can easily take steps to help prevent this from happening:
Many serious injuries can be prevented if parents or caregivers supervise children properly and keep their environments acceptably safe.
Young children are at risk on or near roads. Children should not play on or near the road and should always have someone older with them when they are near to, or crossing a road.
Wearing a helmet when on a bicycle, motorcycle or quad bike is a nonnegotiable, and especially for your children.
Children must be securely strapped into an age-appropriate child restraint seat when being transported in a vehicle.
Children can drown in less than two minutes and in a very small amount of water, even in a bathtub. Never leave them alone in or near water.
Burns can be prevented by keeping children away from fires, cooking stoves, hot liquids and hot foods.
Falls are a major cause of injury for little ones. Stairs, balconies, roofs, windows, and play and sleeping areas should be made safe, using barriers with safe vertical bars to protect children from falling.
Medicines, poisons, insecticides, bleach, acids, liquid fertilizers and fuels (like paraffin), should be stored carefully out of children’s sight and reach.
Young children like to put things in their mouths. To prevent choking, small objects, such as coins, nuts and buttons, should be kept out of their reach.
legislation around the installation of electric gates. Automatic gates can be deadly, especially if they are not installed correctly, or if safety devices are not installed as part of the system. At its most fundamental level, an automatic gate is roughly 227kg of metal being moved with a respectable amount of force and speed by a mostly mindless machine. If care is not taken to ensure that the system is safe, it is unnervingly easy for someone to be seriously injured or killed by a driveway gate. Don’t let it happen to your children.
Gates should be set to backpedal if they happen to hit someone or something. A professional gate installer will be able to guide you through a selection of the proper safety devices for your system.
The gates should have sensors that can stop them if something has been detected in their path. This could be light beams (photoelectric devices) that stop the gates before they reach an obstacle.
If there are parts of the gates where someone could become trapped or get crushed while it is moving, these need be protected. People could get injured as the bars of the gates pass the gatepost.
All electric gates must have an emergency release mechanism in case someone gets trapped.
All the safety devices and features should be checked on a regular basis and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that they continue to function as designed to ensure that safety is maintained.
Prevent unauthorised access by ensuring that only adults have access to the controls. Operator covers should at all times be locked in place and the keys kept in a safe location.
Keep the area of travel clear by first ensuring that no children or pets are in the vicinity before