Safety around the Home

Child safety in and around the home is essential in maintaining the health and wellbeing of our children. At an early age, children are susceptible to many possible health and safety issues around the home and therefore it is of the upmost importance that parents/carers do all they can in providing children with a safe living environment.

 

The following links provide information for parents/carers on providing for children a safe home environment.

 

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Safety websites and checklists

 

Raising Children Network
Provides information on many safety topics and video clips of safety demonstrations. Helps parents and carers understand that risks vary depending on the age of the child.

 

NSW Department of Community Services
Toddler safety: lots of tips to help keep your toddler safe at this age of developing independence.

 

KidSafe NSW
A comprehensive website with information about how to keep your family safe in a variety of settings.

 

The Children's Hospital at Westmead
A huge range of Safety Factsheets and checklists- a comprehensive range of factsheets on all aspects of safety for your child ~ baby products and furniture, home safety, outdoor play safety and road safety.

 

Child Safety Australia
A website with lots of child safety information on many topics, from backyard safety to internet safety.

 

Triple Zero Kids Challenge
Kids will learn about getting help by playing games and solving mysteries. They'll learn about safety messages and hear what happens when you call Triple Zero. Along the way they will meet the "Zeros" as they are guided step by step through the game.


First Aid with Children

In the case that a child has been injured or harmed, it is ESSENTIAL that they receive immediate medical attention. It is also strongly recommend that parents undertake a First Aid Course so that they can adequately provide first aid to an injured child. In all cases of severe injury or harm 000 should be called.

 

St John Ambulance
A comprehensive range of factsheets on first aid. St. John Ambulance Australia provide a DRABCD Action Plan which is designed to provide first aid to an injured party and assess whether or not the casuality has any life threatening conditions.

 

ABC Parenting

  • CPR for Babies under 12 months: For Easy to follow instructions on how to perform CPR on babies under the age of 12 months, please click here.
  • CPR for Babies over 1 year of age: For Easy to follow instructions on how to perform CPR on children ove the age of 1 year, please click here.
  • How to stop choking: What to do when your child is choking. Please click here.

Water Safety


Drowning is a significant issue with young children, as it is the greatest cause of accidental death of children aged less than 5 years. Providing children with supervision and a safe environment in the home where water is used can be crucial in maintaining the health and wellbeing of our children.

 

Raising Children: Bathroom safety
Raising Children provides information for parents in relation to child safety in the bathroom. Information is provided regarding safe temperatures in which to bath children, the height at which fill a bath and other safety tips and strategies.


Kids Safe: Water Safety
Kidsafe provide for parents a factsheet about safety for children around the swimming pool. Information is provided regarding appropriate fencing, precautions and emergency information, as well as other basic safety tips.

 

Keep Watch
Keep Watch is a public education program of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, aimed at preventing drowning deaths of children in all aquatic locations. There are four main strategies of the Keep Watch program that parents and carers of children are encouraged to undertake to prevent children from drowning.


Keep Watch Strategies:

  • Supervise your child
  • Provide barriers to water locations
  • Familiarise your child with water
  • Learn resuscitation

Kids Alive
Kidsalive provide for parents 5 basic principles in regard to keeping your child safe around the pool. Aimed at parents with children aged 5 years or younger, Kidsalive is also providing parents with 5 free online lessons to promote safety around the swimming pool.

 

Inflatable/ Portable Swimming Pools
Westmead Children's Hospital provides for parent's a factsheet regarding child safety in around inflatable swimming pools. Essential tips about child safety around inflatable swimming pools, as well as information about child injuries in this environment are provided.

 

Learn to Swim Classes
Find your local learn to swim classes.


Safety around the home

 

SIDS and KIDS
Unsafe sleeping for babies and infants increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is therefore essential that all precautions are taken to ensure that your child sleeps safety. Sids and Kids provides for parents information and factsheets on safe sleeping for babies and infants.

It is essential that babies and infants sleep safely. There are 5 steps to ensure that your baby/infant sleeps in a safe manner:

  • Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side.
  • Sleep baby with face uncovered (no doonas, pillows, lambs wool, bumpers or soft toys).
  • Avoid exposing babies to tobacco smoke before birth and after
  • Provide a safe sleeping environment (safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding).
  • Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping environment next to the parent's bed for the first six to twelve months of life.

(SIDS and KIDS, 2010)

The Office of Fair Trading - Children's Product Safety
The Office of Fair Trading provides for parents information in regards to children's products such as baby products, safe toys and sleep wear.

 

ABC Parenting: Safe Sleeping
A simple guide to safe sleeping positions for your baby.


 

Kitchen Safety

The kitchen is the source of various potential hazards which could jeopardise the well being of your child, including electricity, boiling water, fire and various heating utensils. It is therefore essential that various precautions are taken to maintain your child's safety.

Keeping children out of the kitchen through use of a playpen, keeping potentially dangerous kitchen items such as knives and cleaning chemicals out of the reach of children and installing safety switches on powerpoints are just a few precautionary measures which can be undertaken to ensure child safety in the kitchen.

 

For more information:


 

Backyard Safety


The backyard is often a source of recreation for children where they play and have fun. However, the backyard provides to children various hazards which could cause harm or injury. Always try and prevent any possible harm to your children by removing any possible hazards such as gardening tools and chemicals. More importantly, a parent should supervise a child's play activity at all times.

 

Trampoline Safety
While a trampoline may be popular recreational activity for children in their backyard, it is also a common cause of injury. Maintaining the quality of your trampoline, providing safety pads and safety netting for child protecting, as well as constant supervision are all essential when maintaining the wellbeing of your child while they are using a trampoline.

 

For more information:


Poisoning


Poisons Information Centre

Phone:     13 11 26

24 hours a day, 7 days a week - Australia wide
Prevention, first aid and fact sheets from the Poisons Information Centre based at Westmead Children's Hospital.


Fire Safety

 

Home Fire Safety
Installing smoke alarms in your house is ESSENTIAL to ensure not only your child's safety, but also the safety of your family. In NSW, legislation was passed in 2006 to ensure that each home has at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of the home. The legislation was passed as smoke alarms are life saving devices which provide benefits for all occupants of a home.

Fire is a major cause of injury to children in the home, mainly due to a child's experimental behaviour. It is therefore essential that parents provide a living environment for children in which they do not have access to fire or fire-creating equipment.

Keeping lighters and matches out of reach of children, cooking and cleaning in a safe manner, as well as educating children on fire and fire safety are just a few of the steps which can be taken by parents to ensure a safe living environment for children.


Internet Safety

 

The internet is a resource that is increasing being used throughout Australian society. While the internet may provide to consumers volumes of valuable information, there also lurks many real risk dangers which could impact the safety of our children and young people.

 

Cyber (Smart:)
The Cybersmart website, provided by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), provides a vast amount of information and advice to young children, children, teens and adults in regard to the safe use of the internet and its resources, as well as the appropriate ways in which to deal to various problems which may be encountered while using the internet.