Road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of childhood injury in Australia. To ensure children are kept safe while travelling as passengers in motor vehicles, it is important to make sure they are using a child car restraint suitable for their age and size, and that it is correctly installed in the vehicle.
Kidsafe WA with the support of Britax will be offering free child car restraint checks at this year’s Perth Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo. Qualified child car restraint fitters will be available to check the fit of your child car restraint in the vehicle, and make any adjustments where necessary.
When: 10th, 11th and 12th August, 11.30am – 2.30pm each day.
Where: Claremont Showgrounds, entry via gate 1.
Cost: Free checks. Fits $20. Please note that any additional accessories required are at the cost of the customer. RSVP: No bookings required, but make sure to get down early so you don’t miss out!
Be sure to also visit Kidsafe WA’s information stall at the expo over the weekend for information and advice on child safety at home, on the road and at play.
If you are unable to attend this event but would like to have your child car restraint checked or fitted, our Child Car Restraint Service runs at a number of locations in the Perth metropolitan area for a small fee. For more information on locations or to book an appointment call us on (08) 6244 4880 or visit http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/child-car-restraint-services-road.
For more information on the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo visit http://www.pbcexpo.com.au/perth/.
Entries are now open for the 2018 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards! The Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative playspaces. The Awards are open to playground owners, service providers, design professionals, students and landscapers across Australia. The Awards aim to promote inspirational, innovative, best practice play facilities that encourage healthy participation in recreational activities for all children.
Entries will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel and will be assessed on the following aspects:
Entries close Friday 27 July 2018, with winners announced 29 November 2018. For more details on eligibility and how to enter visit http://kidsafe.com.au/national-playspace-design-awards/.
Schools are the second most frequent location for childhood injuries to occur after the home, accounting for just over 10 percent of all injury presentations to the Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department (PCH ED, formally Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department). Between July 2016 and June 2017 there were 1,908 individual presentations to PCH ED by children injured at school. Of these presentations, over 60 percent occurred in primary school aged children between 5 and 12 years of age.
Falls and blunt forces are common causes of school based injuries that usually occur as part of sport or playground activities. Bumps and grazes are a normal part of childhood, however there are some injuries that have severe and lasting effects. To help prevent unintentional injuries at school follow these tips:
Kidsafe WA deliver workshops in primary schools to promote safety and injury prevention throughout Western Australia. With the support of ATCO, Kidsafe WA will be launching the Get Creative about Safety Competition for primary school aged students in Term 3. This will include a Gas Safety Colouring In and Design a Comic Strip. ATCO owns and operates energy infrastructure, including Western Australia’s largest gas distribution network, which stretches more than 14,000km across Perth’s greater metropolitan area and regional centres including Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury and Albany. Did you know that ATCO also provides a free excursion for years 5 and 6 at their purpose built facility, focussing on nutrition and gas safety?
For more information about Kidsafe WA services or the Get Creative about Safety Competition visit www.kidsafewa.com.au. For information on the ATCO ‘Adventures with Natural Gas Schools Program’ visit http://www.atcogasbfk.com.au/.
On the 17th March 2018 Kidsafe WA held our first Pop Culture Quiz Night at the Subiaco Sports Bar. Around 150 people tested their knowledge of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, whilst also enjoying a night of laughs and great prizes!
Donations from a number of local businesses helped make the night a success:
ENJO, Retravision, Dorel, Turner + Turner, Growers Lane, Fremantle Football Club, George's Bike Shop, The Giving Tree, Hawaiian, Swings & Roundabouts, Gravity Discovery Centre, Bunnings, Grill'd, Solarfruit, The Small Batch Gift Co, Taylors Art and Coffee House, Francesca's Kitchen, Rodan + Fields, No Toast, Kmart and The Cookie Box Australia.
Kidsafe WA would like to thank everyone who supported us by donating prizes and attending on the night. The money raised will assist us to purchase a much needed vehicle to educate the WA community on staying safe at home, at play and on the road.
Kidsafe WA recently received a Highly Commended Award at the Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards, run by Injury Matters and Know Injury. Kidsafe WA received the award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Innovation or Research in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion” for the Western Australia Childhood Injury Report: Patterns of Injury Among 0-19 Year Olds in Western Australia, 2001-2011.
The Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognise the action and excellence of Western Australia’s injury prevention and safety promotion sector and the effort, commitment and extraordinary steps taken to improve injury prevention and safety promotion outcomes in the community.
The WA Childhood Injury Report was prepared by Kidsafe WA in partnership with the Epidemiology Branch of the Department of Health WA and the Injury Surveillance Unit at the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department. The report examines a ten year period from 2001-2011 and provides an overview of unintentional and intentional childhood injuries in Western Australia in comparison to the previous reporting period from 1989-2000. Additionally, it includes regional, national and international comparisons. The report aims to support the work of key childhood injury prevention stakeholders, health practitioners, policy-makers and researchers to reduce the burden of childhood injuries in Western Australia.
Thank you to all involved in the project, and thank you to Injury Matters for hosting the awards to commemorate the initiatives and programs happening across Western Australia to prevent injury and promote safety. Congratulations to all nominees and winners of the Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards.
To view the Western Australia Childhood Injury Report: Patterns of Injury Among 0-19 Year Olds in Western Australia, 2001-2011 visit http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/other-research-professionals
How well do you know your pop culture? Come and test your knowledge at Kidsafe WA's inaugural Pop Culture Quiz Night.
We’d love your support, so book a table, invite your smartest friends and join us for a night of fun, laughs and great prizes. Plus all funds raised through the event will allow Kidsafe WA to purchase a much needed vehicle to educate the WA community on staying safe at home, at play and on the road.
Tickets cost $20 per person (EventBrite booking fees apply). If you wish to purchase a full table of 10, please select 10 single tickets and purchase under the same name.
Please note that tables are set up for 10 people, so if you purchase single tickets (or less than 10 people), we may seat you with other guests.
If you would like further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Giving Tree
George's Bike Shop
Turner + Turner
Five years ago Kidsafe WA commenced the most significant project ever undertaken by the organisation – creating a purpose built community facility. Funding bequeathed to Kidsafe WA from the Joyce Henderson Trust Fund and the Mary Bremner Estate allowed the organisation to purchase the site which would become our new home. Significant support from Lotterywest funding provided the platform through which Kidsafe WA was able to commence the redevelopment of the property, along with sponsorship from 25 Western Australian businesses who recognised the importance of preventing unintentional childhood injury and death.
The Western Australian businesses who supported our project:
On the 31 October 2016, Kidsafe WA officially moved into our new facility; the central base through which we deliver services to families throughout the metropolitan area, as well as regional and remote communities. One year on and we continue to work with the Western Australian community to prevent unintentional childhood injury and death. We have run workshops educating parents and carers on how to keep children safe in and around the home, ensured children were transported safely in vehicles, undertaken community education sessions across Western Australia, as well as important research and injury prevention programs. Despite a busy year for Kidsafe WA, we feel that it is important to reflect on and recognise the support that we received to get here. Without these generous contributions we would not have been able to create our new contemporary facility that welcomes children, families, carers and health care professionals from all over Western Australia.
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
Burns and scalds are one of the top causes of injury hospitalisation to Western Australian children, with nearly 500 children presenting to Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department (formally PMH ED) every year. Children aged under five are particularly at risk as they are becoming increasingly mobile but do not have the skills to assess dangers.
Common causes of burns and scalds in children include hot food and drink, hot water, heaters and fires, and household appliances. Many steps can be taken to prevent burns and scalds:
Administering first aid to burns and scalds straight away can help to reduce the severity of the injury. If your child sustains a burn or scald, follow these steps:
Follow the links below for more information on burns and scalds:
Horizon Power has once again partnered with Kidsafe WA to promote electrical safety in regional communities across Western Australia!
Electricity is an essential part of our lives, though as an everyday product we can get complacent when it comes to safety. Over the last five years, there were 72 presentations to Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department for electrical injuries, many of which can be prevented. Common causes of electrical injury can include damaged or worn electrical cords, objects being inserted into power points, faulty appliances or light switches and contact between electrical appliances and water.
The following tips will help to keep you and your family safe when using electrical equipment:
For more information on how to keep your children safe around electricity visit:
https://horizonpower.com.au/our-community/stay-safe-around-electricity/ OR www.kidsafewa.com.au/fact-sheets-at-home to see Kidsafe WA’s Electrical Safety Fact Sheet.
Kidsafe has partnered with ENJO Australia to help prevent childhood injuries within the home, with a particular focus on promoting safety around poisons. Many chemicals used in our homes are potentially harmful to children. Poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury to children less than five years of age with about 33 children a week being admitted to hospital in Australia because of poisoning.
Removing unnecessary chemicals and offering a safe, healthier way to clean Aussie homes has been the driving force behind ENJO Australia for over 23 years. Together we will raise awareness about accident prevention and promote safe lifestyle choices that remove risks from our homes.
For more information visit: www.kidsafe.com.au/sponsor.html
The summer holidays is a time where many family gatherings and celebrations occur. Although this is an exciting time for children, unfortunately it is also a time when injuries to children can increase. Celebrations can be a little chaotic at times, which often leads to a lack of adult supervision as there can be confusion over which adult is supervising when there are a number of adults around.
Each year in Western Australia 7,000 children are hospitalised due to an unintentional injury and sadly 27 of these children will die. In January 2017 there were approximately 1,350 children who presented to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department with an injury. During this time of year many of the activities involve water and/or the road, and there may be exposure to novelty items and/or decorations from Christmas which may not be safe for children.
Kidsafe WA recommends the following tips to help prevent child injuries during the holiday season:
Together we can help reduce the number of children sustaining injuries over the holiday period.
For more information on specific topics check out our range of fact sheets available from http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/fact-sheets-at-home.
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.
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
To encourage schools to talk about road safety with their early childhood students, School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) has provided a road safety storybook to every pre-primary class in WA.
That’s the Sound the Street Makes, written by renowned Australian author Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane, follows the story of Ella on her journey to school, and teaches children how to be aware in a traffic environment. Schools with multiple pre-primary classes can order additional books free of charge by contacting SDERA.
To learn more about how your school or childcare centre can educate children about road safety have a look at SDERA’s Smart Steps program. Smart Steps is a road safety program for educators of young children under the age of eight. It facilitates a partnership between early childhood educators and parents/carers to guide young children's learning in becoming safe and independent road users of the future. The Smart Steps program includes a professional learning workshop and various road safety resources to support educators.
To find out more about the program visit www.sdera.wa.edu.au/programs/smart-steps/
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.
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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’!