Fact Sheets

In addition to the below mentioned fact sheets there are a number of other resources which are free or able to be purchased at a nominal fee (excluding postage and handling) through our online shop. To see a full list of our child safety resources click here.

Backyard Safety

The home backyard is a place for everyone, children and adults. The area around the house may include a garage, sheds, a swimming pool, play equipment and toys, garden tools and pets. The most common place for childhood injury is in and around the home. Many of these injuries occur in the backyard and garden.

Backyard Safety Fact Sheet Backyard Safety Fact Sheet (368 KB)

 
Baby's First Year

In a baby’s first year they learn and develop new skills quickly, which can expose them to a number of dangers such as falls, pulling things down onto themselves, burns and scalds, drowning, choking on small object or injuries from riding in the car. These injuries can be prevented, find out how by reading a Baby’s First Year Fact Sheet.

Baby's First Year Fact Sheet Baby's First Year Fact Sheet (434 KB)

Burns and Scalds

Burns and scalds are a significant risk for Western Australian children. Burns are due to children coming into contact with a wide variety of flame and heat sources and scalds are burns caused by hot liquid, vapor or steam. Hot food and drink, hot tap water, home heaters and fires, BBQ’s and irons feature highly.

Burns and Scalds Fact Sheet Burns and Scalds Fact Sheet (288 KB)

Button Batteries

Around our homes there is a little-known danger to children. Increasingly found in a number of household items may be a powerful coin-sized battery known as a button battery. This fact sheets provides tips on how you can prevent injuries from button batteries.

Button Batteries Fact Sheet Button Batteries Fact Sheet (196 KB)

Choking and Suffocation 

Choking in children most commonly occurs because of food blocking the airway. However children also choke on a variety of other objects. This fact sheet outlines simple methods for preventing choking for food and non-food items (such as buttons, batteries or toys), as well as what to do if your child is choking.

Choking and Suffocation Fact Sheet Choking and Suffocation Fact Sheet (321 KB)

Electrical Safety

Electricity can be dangerous and as we get more comfortable using it, we can also become more complacent. This fact sheet provides tips which will help to keep you and your family safe when using electrical equipment.

Electrical Safety Fact Sheet Electrical Safety Fact Sheet (341 KB)

Farm Safety

A farm can be a great place to raise your children. Unfortunately a farm can also be a very dangerous place for children because a farm is a workplace as well as a home. This fact sheet outlines the potential hazards you should look for on a farm as well as what you can do to reduce the risk of injury to children on your farm.

Farm Safety Fact Sheet Farm Safety Fact Sheet (404 KB)

Home Safety Checklist

An easy to complete checklist to assist you in identifying hazards in your home.

Home Safety Checklist Home Safety Checklist (428 KB)

Nursery Equipment

Most nursery injuries are associated with common types of equipment, such as prams, cots, high chairs, baby walkers, strollers, change tables and baby exercisers (bouncers). Injuries can happen for a number of reasons, including: basic design flaws, poor maintenance, how the equipment is used and failure of the equipment. This fact sheet outlines the most commonly used nursery furniture as well as things you can do to reduce the risk of injury to your child when using this equipment.

Nursery Equipment Fact Sheet Nursery Equipment Fact Sheet (373 KB)

Poisoning

Every year hundreds of children need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found around the home. The most common product involved in poisoning cases is paracetamol (a common painkiller found in almost every household). This fact sheets provides tips on what you can do to prevent poisoning around your home.

Poisoning Fact Sheet Poisoning Fact Sheet (223 KB)

Poisonous Plants

This fact sheet provides a list of plants which are considered HARMFUL to children if ingested.

Poisonous Plants Fact Sheet Poisonous Plants Fact Sheet (317 KB)

Safety around Animals

The benefits of pet ownership and child-animal interaction are well documented. However a range of factors make children vulnerable to injuries from animals. This includes their size, coordination, inquisitive nature, inability to assess risk and lack of knowledge how to behave around animals. Learn the 5 key steps to enable positive animal-child interaction in order to prevent animal related injury.

Safety Around Animals Fact Sheet Safety Around Animals Fact Sheet (277 KB)

Safety in the Driveway

Tragically one child, often a toddler, is run over in the driveway of their own home every week in Australia. Most driveway accidents occur at the child's home, where both the parent and the child may feel that the child is safe. This fact sheet provides key safety steps you can take to keep your child safe around vehicles.

Driveway Safety Fact Sheet Driveway Safety Fact Sheet (293 KB)

Ten Key Facts

This fact sheet outlines 10 key facts about child injury in Australia, as well as 6 key features which can help keep your children safe.

Ten Key Facts Fact Sheet Ten Key Facts Fact Sheet (345 KB)

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

Toddlers and pre-schoolers are curious and full of energy but is also a time when the risks of injuries are high. Most childhood injuries occur in children under five years of age. For tips on how to keep you toddler and pre-schooler injury free see the Toddler and Pre-schooler Fact Sheet.

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers Fact Sheet Toddlers and Pre-schoolers Fact Sheet (347 KB)

Toy Safety

Toys, play and fun are important parts of a happy and healthy childhood. However, play can have tragic outcomes if toys chosen for children are not safe, or are not suitable for their age and development. This fact sheet outlines the primary reasons for what can make toys dangerous as well as steps you can take to choose safer toys for your child. 

Toy Safety Fact Sheet Toy Safety Fact Sheet (192 KB)

Water Safety

Drowning is the most common cause of accidental death for Australian children aged between 0-4 years. Water based activities are part of the Australian lifestyle. Children are naturally attracted to water; they have little fear and no understanding or awareness of its danger. This fact sheet outlines the priorities for prevention of childhood drowning.

Water Safety Fact Sheet Water Safety Fact Sheet (390 KB)