Australian’s are known for their love of the outdoors and getting together for a “barbie”. However, care needs to ensure safe storage and use of the barbeque to keep your family safe.
Dogs can make wonderful pets, however when need to take special care with our pets and young children. Any dog has the potential to attack, however most of the time it is not the dog’s fault; a child can upset a dog without intending to.
The backyard contains items such as chemicals, poisons, garden materials, tools and machinery which can be dangerous for young children. Many of these can be found in the garage, or backyard shed. These items must be locked away securely to prevent children from accessing them.
The majority of child swimming pool drownings occur in the child’s own backyard. In seventy five percent (75%) of cases, these drownings could have been prevented had isolation fencing and functioning gates been in place. From 17 December 2006, all owners of pools and spas installed before 1 July 1992 were required to upgrade their pool and spa barriers to ensure it complies with the post 1 July 1992 standard for pool barriers. Your local council is responsible for enforcing these requirements.
All backyards for children should include play equipment to assist with their cognitive development, motor skills, and to provide them with fun and exercise. Careful consideration is needed when planning play areas to ensure they do not become the cause of serious injury.
Some plants are poisonous, either by touch or by ingestion. Many other garden plants - even if not poisonous - would have very unpleasant side effects if they were eaten. Poisonous plants are usually only a problem for young children, especially toddlers, because they like to put things in their mouths.
Drowning is the most common cause of accidental death in Australian children aged between 0-4 years. Supervision and secure fencing increases child safety in backyards that have a pool. However, these aspects do not guarantee that children will not get into difficulty in the water.
Even the best designed yards can be hazardous if not regularly inspected and maintained.