Each year Consumer Protection runs the Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards to recognise and reward positive contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia.
The Consumer Protection Awards provide an opportunity to reward and recognise the achievements of individuals, non-government organisations, businesses, local governments, journalists and media outlets that have increased awareness of consumer issues, provided support for disadvantaged consumers or contributed to injury prevention for children.
One category of the Consumer Protection Awards is the Kidsafe WA Award. The Kidsafe WA Award acknowledges an individual, local government, non-government organisation, business or group of individuals operating in Western Australia that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of injury prevention for children in Western Australia. They may have worked to raise awareness of specific product hazards, been involved in the design and development of new products, or have developed and delivered projects that raise community awareness of product safety.
Nominations for the Consumer Protection Awards 2018 are now open. For more information on award categories and to submit a nomination, visit: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/western-australian-consumer-protection-awards
Each year Master Builders WA and Bankwest undertake the Excellence in Construction Award which showcases and recognises builders who have demonstrated exceptional craftsmanship, a commitment to building excellence, whilst upholding the highest professional standard.
When Kidsafe WA purchased the existing building at 140 Railway Parade West Leederville, the organisation knew that significant redevelopment would be required so that it met the needs of the organisation. Lakeshore Group were engaged to manage the redevelopment and work in partnership with Kidsafe WA to transform the existing building into a facility that represents our organisation appropriately, by being safe, family friendly, accessible, and contemporary.
Kidsafe WA would like to congratulate Lakeshore Group for winning the Best Refurbishment or Renovation (under $5 million) for the new Kidsafe WA community facility in the Master Builders Western Australia - Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards 2017. The Judges recognised the complexity of the project, specifically the unique nature of working with sponsors and Lakeshore Group’s ability to work in partnership with Kidsafe WA.
As with all projects of this scale it takes a team to reach the final product. Kidsafe WA would also like to thank all of our sponsors who helped us create our new facility. Without your generous contribution we would not have been able to create a space that welcomes children, families, carers and health care professionals from all over Western Australia.
Kidsafe WA and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) have announced an exciting new joint venture project: the WA Child Safety Awards. Building on the success of the prestigious Constable Care Child Safety Awards, which have taken place each year since 2012, Kidsafe WA will now be partnering with CCCSF to host these awards.
The first WA Child Safety Awards will take place in August 2017. Past awards have attracted much media attention, with coverage by Channel 7, the West Australian and Mix 94.5 among others. The 2015 awards attracted over 400 attendees, including high-profile Western Australians such as Her Excellency the Governor Kerry Sanderson, the WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin, three State Government Ministers and Shadow Ministers, three Commissioners, several members of Parliament and many senior figures from the corporate world.
David Gribble, CEO of CCCSF, states that "Kidsafe WA and Constable Care have both played very important roles in keeping the children of WA safe for many years, and we are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and collaborating on many more projects in the future. The Safety Awards have helped to dramatically raise the profile of child safety, and importantly put harm prevention strategies firmly on top of the community agenda. We are excited to partner with Kidsafe WA to work towards our shared mission of protecting, educating and empowering our most valuable asset, the children of WA."
Nominations open: 27th February 2017
Tickets on sale: 6th March 2017
WA Child Safety Awards: 5th August 2017
Kidsafe WA offers a range of presentations and workshop available to new parent groups, child care centres, playgroups, community members and child and allied health professional groups. The focus of these is to raise awareness of the common causes of childhood injury and reduce the rates by providing simple and practical prevention tips.
Workshops available include:
Professional Development: This workshop focuses on the priority areas and the risk factors that contribute to unintentional injuries in children 0-15years of age, specific to your region. It is targeted at child & school health nurses, injury prevention, health promotion & population health officers, allied health staff and child care workers. (45 minutes)
Keeping Kids Safe: Provides a practical overview of child safety and is a good options for groups wanting to focus on more than one child injury prevention topic. This workshop covers topics relating to safety at home, during play and on the road. It is an interactive presentation and provides practical steps on how to reduce the risk of injuries such as strangulation, poisoning, falls, burns, child car restraints and driveway safety, also covering relevant first aid. Runs for approximately 45mins
Focused Child Safety Workshops: These sessions focus on the more common injury issues providing a focused look at injury prevention around certain injuries such as:
Each workshop runs for approximately 45mins.
Naturally Kids Play: Are you interested in finding out more about Natural Playspaces? Not sure where to start? This workshop covers ways to create playspaces that support children’s development, learning and wellbeing, it looks at the benefits of natural play, how to link with Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standard (NQS) and how they relate to the Australian Standards for playgroups. Using uniquely Australian photos to inspire you to create a safe, stimulating and cost effective outdoor environment for children. The workshop is great for staff, parents and owners/operators of licensed children’s services, OSHC, playgroups and schools.
School Classroom Incursions: Keeping WA Kids Safe is an interactive incursion for pre-primary, year 1, 2 and 3 students led by Kidsafe WA. Sessions take place in the classroom and run for 40 minutes, covering key injury prevention topics of safety at home, at play and on the road. (fee of $110 for one session, $55 per additional consecutive sessions on the same day)
Guided Safety Demonstration House Tour: A guided tour will provide and introduction to Kidsafe WA and unintentional child injury in Western Australia, tips on child injury prevention for the most common causes of injury including drowning, car and road, falls, burns and poisoning. This is followed by an interactive walk through to see and experience child injury prevention measures. See and experience physical examples of household items with child safety features.
Kidsafe Australia's annual event for raising awareness of the preventability of child injuries for children less than 15 years of age.
For further information on how to get involved contact Kidsafe WA on 08 9340 8509.
For further information contact Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation on 9489 4022 or visit their website www.childrensweekwa.org.au
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show that in 2016/17, toddler drowning incidents increased by 32%. During this period, 29 Australian children aged 0 to 4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (45%) occurred in backyard swimming pools. While safety barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of barriers that are faulty, or non-compliant with Australian Standards.
Simply having a pool barrier and gate isn’t ‘job done’. We need all pool and spa owners to take 15 minutes to check and maintain their pool gate, barrier and its surrounds. And what better way to do this than host a pool party? Really, only one person is invited to the pool party, and that’s you. The party will only last a few minutes; it might be cold; it’s going to be uneventful; but it could save a life.
When the clocks change for summer, our pool party will take place across the nation, to ensure Australia’s pool are ready and safe for kids as the weather warms up. If you don't have a pool or spa, you can still partake by pledging to take action to keep kids safe in and around water! All you need is a tape measure, the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s checklist and 15 minutes.
Other useful links:
Western Australia is a very diverse and multicultural society with 38% of the population having been born outside of Australia and 19.7% of the population being children under the age of 15 years1. Injury is the leading cause of death in Australian children aged under 15 years with 7,000 children a year being hospitalised for injuries.
In order to provide child safety and injury prevention messages to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups, Kidsafe WA has created a new resource aimed to facilitate group discussions and raise awareness of child injury prevention.
The resource, a flip chart, has been designed to assist educators, group facilitators and health professionals in facilitating group discussions and raising awareness around preventing childhood injuries. The resource uses images and illustrations to display correct and incorrect child injury prevention measures, while providing background information, key messages, group discussion points and a list of organisations and resources for further information.
The resource and other professional facilitation resources can be purchased from our online shop.
For further information please contact Kidsafe WA at email@example.com
1. Australian Bureau of statistics, 2011 Census Quick Stats. All people – usual residents. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/5?opendocument&navpos=220#cultural
Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers account for the highest number of injuries to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (PMH ED). Children at these young ages lack the knowledge, skill and concentration to navigate their world safely relying on adults to look out for their wellbeing.
Children aged between 0 and 4 are becoming mobile and starting to explore the world, however often their physical abilities are not matched by their cognitive abilities. In addition, there are also physical characteristics that make young children more vulnerable to injury which can include their small stature, increased skin sensitivity and size of their airway.
New data released by Kidsafe WA, with the support of the Western Australian Department of Health shows an average of 7,770 children under five years of age present to the PMH ED with an injury every year. Key findings from the Kidsafe WA Childhood Injury Bulletin: Injuries to Babies, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers show:
Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are constantly learning new skills including rolling over, crawling and walking. This combined with their often curious nature can put them at risk of injury. Common causes of injury to children under five include falls, burns & scalds and poisoning. Active supervision is a vital component to preventing injuries for all children. Other preventative measures to reduce the risk of injury include;
The generous support of ATCO Gas has assisted Kidsafe WA in opening our new Safety Demonstration House. Kidsafe WA’s Safety Demonstration House highlights potential hazards around the home and offers tip and methods for their prevention.
ATCO Gas provided tailored safety messaging for the demonstration house’s gas appliances, assisted with installation and ensured all safety compliance measures were met to provide visitors with a realistic understanding of using gas safely in the home.
The Safety Demonstration House is located at Kidsafe WA’s community facility in West Leederville and is open to the public between 9:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. In addition, Kidsafe WA offer guided tours of the Safety Demonstration House for groups and individuals. For session times or to book a guided tour, please contact Kidsafe WA on 08 6244 4880 or visit www.kidsafewa.com.au/safety-demonstration-house-guided-tour-at-home-1.
Kidsafe WA look forward to collaborating further with ATCO Gas on safety campaigns and awareness raising initiatives to ensure the WA community is provided with the best and most relevant information to protect children from injury.
Planning to compete in the 2017 HBF Run for a Reason on Sunday the 28th of May?
As a not-for-profit charity, Kidsafe WA are calling on West Australians to join our team, to help raise much‑needed funds for Kidsafe WA and increase awareness of the work we do in preventing childhood deaths and injuries.
HBF Run for a Reason is a great opportunity to improve your health and raise funds for Kidsafe WA. Why not register your entire family in the Kidsafe WA team - prams are welcome in the 4km and 12km run, jog or walk categories.
Join the Kidsafe WA team and help us raise funds to prevent childhood injuries in Western Australia.
To join the Kidsafe WA team click here. Once you have joined our team make sure you create a supporters page to fundraise for Kidsafe WA - remember all funds go towards the work we do in preventing childhood deaths and injuries.
To create a supporter page to fundraise for Kidsafe WA or to ‘Give now’ click here.
Kidsafe WA thanks you in advance for your assistance to reduce childhood injuries and your support for the participants running in the event.
Each year Consumer Protection runs the Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards to recognise and reward positive contributions to consumer protection
in Western Australia.The 13th Annual Consumer Protection Awards were held in March, where Goodstart Early Learning was awarded the Kidsafe
The Kidsafe WA Award acknowledges Western Australian businesses, local government authorities, organisations, individuals or groups of individuals that have made a significant contribution to childhood injury prevention in the community.
Goodstart Early Learning is Australia’s largest early learning and care provider, caring for over 70,000 children across the country. Goodstart recognises
safety as being integral to their operations, and also use their connection with thousands of families to offer information on child safety. It
is due to their efforts in promoting safety and raising community awareness of child injury prevention issues that Goodstart has been awarded the
Kidsafe WA Award.
We applaud Goodstart on their efforts and look forward to continuing to promote safety in the community with them.
In Western Australia, burns and scalds are one of the top five injuries that occur in children under 15 years of age. On average, 500 children will present to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department for a burn or scald injury each year. Burns and scalds are a serious and painful injury often resulting in lifelong scarring, and prevention is the best cure we have.
‘Holiday Adventures with the Burnsafe Superheroes’ is an interactive book created by Wound Healing Institute Australia (WHIA) which takes children on a holiday adventure with Bella and Ben and teaches children all about burn safety, how to identify burn or scald risks and how they can avoid these.
For a burn or scald applying first aid quickly and effectively will greatly reduce the severity of the injury. For this reason it is important to teach children and parents what to do if someone does suffer a burn or scald injury, and with Bella and Ben the Burnsafe Superheroes making the information interactive hopefully we can reduce the risks of burns.
The story book also comes on an interactive CD which includes the story and interactive activities for children. This resource is great for families at home, schools, playgroups or childcare centres who would like to help teach children to be a Burnsafe superhero.
You can purchase the book or CD from the WHIA website https://www.whia.com.au/shop/publications/holiday-adventure-with-the-burnsafe-superheroes-book/
Injury is the leading cause of death in Australian children aged under 15 years. Sadly over 27 West Australian children die each year from preventable injuries, while a further 7,000 are hospitalised. Across Western Australia young Aboriginal people are nearly twice as likely as non-Aboriginal people to be hospitalised for an injury. The injury death rate for Aboriginal children is 3 times higher than that of non-Aboriginal children.
Kidsafe WA has a range of resources available to help promote child injury prevention and raise awareness of the risks. These include posters, brochures, magnets and a professional flip chart to help facilitate group discussions on child injury prevention.
These resources were developed in consultation with regional community leaders, professionals, parents and carers with the support of the Western Australian Department of Health. They are targeted to specific regions, focusing on the relevant injury areas for the region and include photographs of local families.
To see what resources are available or to order resources follow this link to the Kidsafe WA online shop http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/publications-posters and look for our ‘Watch out for your kids’ resources.
Water is a big part of the Australian lifestyle and with plenty of hot days still to come it is important to continue to remain vigilant when children are around water. Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for Australian children aged between 0-4 years. Figures from the Royal Life Saving Society WA Drowning Report 2014/15 show there were two toddler drowning deaths recorded and also that 40 children aged 0-4 were hospitalised for a non-fatal drowning.
Children are naturally attracted to water, they have little fear and no understanding or awareness of its danger. The biggest risk for toddler drowning is the home swimming pool, however there are a number of other high risk locations including the bathtub, fishponds, dams and buckets.
Adequate adult supervision and vigilance around water is key to preventing the risks of toddler drowning. Children should be supervised around any depth of water and this should be constant and within arm’s reach. If you are at gatherings where there are a number of adults or children, allocate a responsible adult to take charge of the supervision of children and ensure everyone knows who this is.
If no one is available to supervise children then restrict access to water locations, for the home swimming pool ensure fencing is in good condition, the gate is in good working order and never propped open and there is nothing children can use to climb the fence. Empty out any other water locations as soon as you are finished with them, these include the bathtub, buckets and paddle pools.
Parents and carers are often the first person on the scene in an emergency involving children. Completing a first aid course or updating your skills could help reduce the seriousness of injury in an emergency.
Toddler drowning is preventable therefore teaching children the rules around water and swimming skills are important, however these do not remove the need of adequate adult supervision.
For more information on how you can reduce the risk of toddler drowning take a look at our Water Safety Fact Sheet http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/fact-sheets-at-home.
On average, more than 500 Western Australian children present to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department for a poisoning injury every year. Most accidental poisonings occur to children under five years of age, with this age group accounting for almost half of all poison presentations. Childhood poisoning is largely preventable when poisons are handled and stored correctly, and when children are taught about the dangers of poisons. Kidsafe WA has launched a new Poisons Animation, developed with the support of the Western Australian Department of Health. The animation provides tips to reduce the risk of these injuries occurring.
The new animation was launched at Goodstart Early Learning Banksia Grove along with Cotsville who showed their new animation ‘Baby Thomas’, which also promoted important safety messages. The kids and parents enjoyed the animations and the activities provided, which helped them to learn about poisons around the home and how to prevent poisoning injuries. Thank you to Goodstart Early Learning Banksia Grove for hosting the animation launch, Cotsville for joining us and providing activities, Sandbox Post Production for developing the animation and Verity James for voicing.
Check out the animation for tips to prevent poisoning in children and for poisons safetyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQob-pwLZJ8.
The number of children with sporting injuries has continued to rise over the last five years, with an average of 4,300 children attending the Princess Margaret Hospital each year. Older children aged between 10 and 14 years are at greater risk of sustaining a sports-related injury. This is possibly due to a decrease in rule modification as children get older and a higher number of older children participating in competitive sports in comparison to younger children. Males also account for two thirds of all sports-related injuries.
The Kidsafe WA Sports app is now available for download via the Apple and Google Play app stores. The app covers key topics of preparing for sport, safety equipment, hydration, heat related injury, concussion and first aid. Additional features include checklists for coaches, parents and young athletes, injury record, nearest medical facilities, UV and temperature ratings and water consumption.
Sport and physical activity are a vital part of childhood development, allowing children to improve physical, cognitive and social skills with others. Injury risks however, are often perceived as a barrier to participation. Kidsafe WA Sports provides a range of tools to assist coaches, parents and players on how to reduce the risk of childhood injury during sport and physical activity. Kidsafe WA Sports will help make sure kids are playing sport, not injured on the sidelines!
For more information visit: www.kidsafewa.com.au/sport-safety-play
Each year an average of 4,300 children attend the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (PMH ED) due to a sports-related injury. This accounts for 22.5% of all injury presentations to the PMH ED.
Older children aged between 10 and 14 years are at greater risk of sustaining a sports-related injury. This is possibly due to a decrease in rule modification as children get older and a higher number of older children participating in competitive sports in comparison to younger children. Males also account for two thirds of all sports-related injuries.
Sport and physical activity are a vital part of childhood development, allowing children to improve physical, cognitive and social skills with others. Injury risks however, are often perceived as a barrier to participation. An estimated 50 percent of sporting injuries are considered to be preventable.
Australian Rules Football is the most commonly recorded activity associated with sporting injuries, followed by soccer, basketball, rugby and netball.
Common injury presentations include sprains and strains, fractures, bruising, cuts, dislocations and internal injuries. These are most commonly sustained to the upper and lower limbs as well as the facial, head and neck/torso areas.
To reduce your child’s risk of sports-related injury Kidsafe WA recommend the following:
For more information on how to protect your children from injury visit: www.kidsafewa.com.au
Drinking fluids is an important part of participating in any sport or recreational activity. Staying well hydrated reduces your risk of sustaining a heat related injury and can increase physical performance levels.
Children at young ages are more susceptible to heat stress, so parents must be diligent in maintaining and replacing fluids. Exercise increases the body’s need for fluid. This can be further affected by environmental conditions, time and intensity of exercise, heat acclimatisation and personal sweat rates. During summer in WA, particular care should be taken to replace fluids. Cool water is the best choice for children to stay hydrated during sport and physical activity.
For youth participating in prolonged high intensity activity, such as long distance running, there are benefits to using sports drinks containing carbohydrate and salt (electrolytes) replacements. High calorie sports drinks however, are generally unnecessary for most children participating in routine physical activity on the sports field or in the school yard. A high intake of sports drinks can result in an increased risk of weight gain, as well as tooth decay and erosion. Energy drinks containing high amounts of caffeine should NOT be used by any young athlete, even those of elite levels.
Heat related injury
Long periods of high intensity exercise can put the body at risk of heat injury. The risk of heat injury is heightened by hot and humid weather. Signs and symptoms of heat injury can include: fatigue, feeling hot, thirst, nausea, headache, dizziness, light headedness, confusion, collapsing, pale, clammy skin or dry skin and irritability.
If a child is suspected of heat injury, remove them from play and administer the following first aid:
1.Lie down in the shade and raise legs
2.Loosen tight clothing
3.Cool by fanning or sponging with water
4.Apply cool or ice packs to neck, groin and armpits
5.Give cool water to drink if fully conscious
6.If the person does not recover quickly seek medical assistance.
For more information visit www.kidsafewa.com.au/sport-safety-play.
Falls continue to be a leading cause of hospitalisation for children under 15 years of age.
Between July 2013 and June 2014 over 19,000 children presented to Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (PMH ED) with an injury, and of these presentations approximately 38.5 percent (n=7,566) of the injuries were as a result of a fall. This has risen since 2009-10 where 36.6 percent (n=6,111) of the presentations were due to falls.
Fall presentations can be broken down into three groups: fall from the same level, fall from less than one metre high, and fall from more than one metre high. Between July 2013 and June 2014 the most common cause was a fall on the same level, accounting for 56.3 percent (n=19,635) of fall injuries, this was followed by a fall from less than one metre (33.9%, n=11,849) and then a fall from greater than one metre (9.8%, n=3,416). A large proportion of these presentations were minor cases, however it is still important to take the appropriate safety measures to reduce these numbers. The simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fall include:
Although some falls may seem difficult to prevent, falls can be prevented!
Watch our falls prevention animation at here
As summer is approaching Kidsafe WA would like to remind everyone of the dangers of leaving kids in cars. Kidsafe WA’s ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ campaign aims to raise community awareness and reduce the number of children left unattended in parked cars in Western Australia.
Even on a cool day the temperature in a parked car can be over 30 degrees hotter than outside. In fact, 75% of the total temperature rise can occur within the first five minutes of parking a car. This is why it is important to take children with you, even when running a quick errand.
Kidsafe WA is seeking your help to spread the message. We have designed car park signs which can be purchased by organisations to install in local car parks. The ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ car park signs act as a reminder to community members to take their children with them after parking the car.
For more information about this campaign or to order car park signs contact us on (08) 6244 4880 or visitwww.kidsafewa.com.au/do-not-leave-children-in-cars-campaign.
Other useful links:
‘Unconventional Oven’ project http://theunconventionaloven.com.au/
Hot Car Fact Sheet http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/fact-sheets-road
Children are at significant risk of road injuries in Australia, with transport-related injuries one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of 15. In the 2008/09 financial year alone, there were over 7,000 injuries to Australian children under the age of 15 caused by land transport accidents. The road setting is not limited to traffic areas on public roads and carparks, but also settings such as driveways, farm areas, nature reserves and skate parks.
New data released by Kidsafe WA, with the support of the Western Australian Department of Health shows 14,290 road-related injury presentations were made to the PMH ED between July 2006 and June 2016. This accounts for 8.4% of all injury presentations. Other key findings from the Kidsafe WA Childhood Injury Research Report: Road Injuries show:
Compared to adults, children are more at risk of injury within the road setting due to a range of developmental, environmental and physical factors. At a young age, children’s cognitive skills and motor function are not fully developed, resulting in them being more susceptible to injuries from transport related causes. Their vulnerability is also increased by factors such as their small stature, their inability to assess risks, lack of supervision, lack of adequate safety restraints or protective equipment, and a lack of understanding of road rules.
Kidsafe WA have a range of road safety resources outlining methods of road injury prevention. For more information on how to reduce the risk of road-related injuries visit: www.kidsafewa.com.au/road
Road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of childhood injury in Australia. One of the major concerns are injuries to children as motor vehicle passengers. This is why is it important to make sure that children are using a correctly fitted child car restraint suitable for their age and size.
With the support of Britax Australia, Kidsafe WA will be offering a free child car restraint checking service at the Better Baby Deals in Bunbury at the end of this month. One of our qualified child car restraint fitters will be at the store waiting to check the fitting of the child car restraints in your car, and will make any adjustments necessary to ensure the children in your car are transported safely.
Make sure to take note of the details below to get your child car restraints checked for free.
Where: Better Baby Deals, Corner Strickland Street, Bunbury WA 6230
When: Thursday 20th & Friday 21st of July 2017, 10am to 4pm
Saturday 22nd July 2017, 10am to 2pm
RSVP: No bookings are required. Just make sure you get there early so you do not miss out on your chance to get your child car restraint checked for free.
If you cannot attend this event, Kidsafe WA offers a child car restraint fitting and checking service for a small fee at our centre Monday to Saturdays in West Leederville, Glengarry Hospital and various Bunnings and Baby Buntings stores.
For more information contact Kidsafe WA on 08 6244 4880 or visit www.kidsafewa.com.au.
Road safety is one of Kidsafe WA’s priority areas, as too many children are being injured on the road. Each year, over 1,200 children present to the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children as a result of a road traffic injury. These include injuries to children as either a passenger or pedestrian, however a large number of these involve children as pedestrians using either a bicycle or other small wheeled device.
To reduce the risk of injuries to children as road users, it is important to take the appropriate safety measures and teach children how to be safe when travelling near or on the road.
Follow these steps to keep children safe when near or on the road:
To find out more about how you can educate young children about becoming safe and independent road users, have a look at the Smart Steps education program by School Drug Education and Road Aware. This program is ideal for educators of young children under the age of four years old, and provides the skills required to teach road safety information to young children. For more information visit http://www.sdera.wa.edu.au/programs/smart-steps/.
For more information about road safety visit http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/road or contact Kidsafe WA on (08) 6244 4886.
There are only six more weeks until Christmas which means the finalising of presents, and with Christmas being a time when bikes, scooters, skateboards or other toys with wheels might be exciting gifts given it is important to also remember to provide the safety equipment.
Christmas is an exciting time for children, there are new toys, visiting family and friends and the summer holidays which can also mean an increase in risks of injury. Bikes and small wheeled devices account for a large number of injuries to children, each year over 450 children on average present to Princess Margaret Hospital ED as a result of a bicycle injury. Injuries associated with small wheeled devices such as skateboards, roller blades and scooters account for the largest number of presentations of road traffic injuries, with falls the most common cause of injury.
While preparing and finalising Christmas presents it is important to remember to also include the correct safety equipment. If you are planning to give bicycles, scooters, skate boards or other wheeled device, ensure you also gift suitable safety equipment. Some tips for a safe and happy Christmas when children are using equipment with wheels are:
And teach children the road rules and safety messages for using equipment.
Kidsafe WA has recently launched the ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ campaign. This aims to raise community awareness and reduce the number of children left unattended in parked cars in Western Australia.
Each year approximately 5,000 Australian children are rescued from parked cars. Three-quarters of those children are under four years old. Even on a cool day the temperature in a parked car can be over 30 degrees hotter than outside. In fact, 75% of the total temperature rise can occur within the first five minutes of parking a car. This is why it is important to take children with you, even when running a quick errand.
Kidsafe WA has designed ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ car park signs that can be purchased by organisations to install in car parks to remind community members to take their children with them after parking the car. Kidsafe WA is seeking your help to spread the message and display these signs in your local car parks.
For more information about this campaign or to order car park signs contact us on (08) 6244 4880 or visitwww.kidsafewa.com.au/do-not-leave-children-in-cars-campaign.
Other useful links:
Road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of childhood injury in Australia and a source of major health problems globally. One of the major concerns are injuries to children as passengers.
In Western Australia between July 2009 and June 2014 over 850 children presented to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department as a result of an injury as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. Of these presentations approximately 42 percent required urgent attention. To reduce the risk of injuries as a passenger and ensure children are travelling safely on the road here are some of the things you can do:
It is important that parents and carers follow the child restraint laws for the restraint type for each child. They should also keep in mind that the law sets out the minimum requirements, and children should only progress to the next sized restraint once the child has reached the maximum limit of the present one. Remember a correctly fitted child car restraint can save lives.
For more information on travel safety have a look at the ‘Make Passenger Safety a Priority’ animation produced by Kidsafe, NRMA Insurance and SGIO by visiting http://youtu.be/D_vmdPZ9Igs. If you would like to check that your child car restraint is fitted correctly in your car contact us on 9340 8509.
Preventing road traffic injuries to children is one of the priorities at Kidsafe WA. There are still too many children presenting to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (PMH ED) as a result of a road traffic injury. Over 1,500 children present to the PMH ED each year as a result of these injuries, which accounts for just under 10 percent of total injury presentations.
Of particular concern is the high number of children injured as pedestrians using wheeled equipment such as bicycles, scooters and skateboards. For many children using wheeled equipment it is unknown whether they are also using the appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets.
To reduce the risk of injuries whilst children use small wheel devices it is important to take the following safety measures:
Finally, it is important to teach children how to cross the road safely when on foot or using small wheel devices, so teaching children to ‘STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK’!