Young children can easily fit into clothes dryers. It can be hard for them to climb out, may close the door behind themselves and become stuck. They are
also at risk of falling from the appliance and injuring themselves should they attempt to climb it.
Make sure you clean out your lint filter in the dryer before or after every load to avoid a potential fire hazard.
Install front loading dryers at a height at least 1400mm above floor level to prevent young children climbing into the dryer.
Ensure clothes dryers are secured when not in use.
Dryer doors should be kept closed at all times.
Appliance locks can be purchased to help prevent children opening dryer doors.
Turn the dryer off at the wall when not in use.
Hot Tap Water Scalds
Hot tap water scalds can leave life long scars. At 60°C hot tap water can cause a full thickness scald to a child’s skin in less than a second.
Delivery temperature of Hot tap water should be controlled to a maximum of 50°C, which is the recommended temperature for preventing hot water scalds. Temperature control devises can be purchased, or the delivery temperature set to a maximum of 50°C by a plumber
Fit tap covers to the hot water taps in the laundry
Restrict a child’s access to a laundry by keeping the door closed when they are really young, or fixing a gate across the doorway.
Sinks pose the dangers of drowning and scalds. Measures can be taken to minimise these risks by regulating the water temperature and restricting child
Be aware that buckets and containers used for washing/soaking are potential drowning hazards.
Always drain the water from nappy buckets and washing machines when not in use and ensure nappy buckets have a firm lid and are stored up high. A child
can drown in a little as 5cm of water.
Ensure water temperature does not exceed 50°C in hot water outlets. The delivery temperature of hot water can be regulated by hot water tempering devices.
Consult your local plumber for the options best suited to your system.
Fit tap covers to the hot water taps in the laundry.
Always drain the water sinks when not in use. Use nappy buckets to soak clothes whenever possible, ensuring that the have a firm lid and are stored
up high. A child can drown in a little as 5cm of water.
Ensure all floors are of a slip resistant surface or covered by a slip resistant mat.