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Remember the safety equipment when buying toys with wheels for Christmas
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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:

  • Helmets should always be worn when children are using equipment with wheels
  • Ensure closed in shoes are worn
  • For young children, or children receiving equipment for the first time think of providing knee, elbow and wrist guards
  • On Christmas day, put aside some time to teach children how to use new toys

And teach children the road rules and safety messages for using equipment.

Events
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Friday, October 05, 2018

The Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards is here again!

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.

If you or someone you know is a champion, make sure you submit your nomination by 5pm Friday 16 November 2018.

For more information on award categories and to submit a nomination, visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/western-australian-consumer-protection-awards.

 

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Monday, July 02, 2018

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/.


 

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Monday, July 02, 2018

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:

  • Project summary
  • Commitment to safe play environments
  • Innovative design
  • Inclusive playspace design
  • Community and culture
  • Shade elements
  • Sustainability
  • Successful outcomes of the project.

Award categories:

  • Education and Care Services: preschools, long day care, out of school hours care, vacation care, family day care.
  • Schools: public and private schools, primary and high schools.
  • Public Playspaces:
  • Up to $500K
  • $500K—$1M
  • $1M upwards.

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/.

 

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Monday, July 02, 2018

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:

  • Make sure adequate supervision is provided while children are in the classroom or at play;
  • Ensure playground equipment is appropriate for the intended age group and is used appropriately;
  • Avoid over-crowding in play areas;
  • Promote the use of safety equipment for sporting activities; and
  • Check that your school has suitable safety structures and procedures in place. 

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/.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

 


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.

 

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Monday, January 01, 2018

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

 

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Monday, December 18, 2017

 

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 kidsafe@kidsafewa.com.au

 

 

 

Event Sponsors

Retravision

ENJO

Dorel

Growers Lane 

The Giving Tree 

George's Bike Shop

Hawaiian

Turner + Turner

Solar Fruit

Bunnings 

Grill'd

Kmart 

NO Toast 

 

 

 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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.

 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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. 

Safety At Home
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Friday, October 05, 2018

One of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age is drowning. Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show that in 2017/18, 18 Australian children aged 0 to 4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (67%) occurred in backyard swimming pools.

Matt Welsh OAM and Kidsafe Australia have teamed up to help save lives over summer. The ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ backyard pool safety campaign raises awareness of the importance for pool owners to check the safety of their pool barriers and set their backyard pool defence in the lead up to the warmer months. Safety barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, however evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of barriers that are faulty or non-compliant with Australian Standards.

Here are some of the common issues with pool barriers:

  • Gates and doors don’t self-latch or self-close;
  • Climbable objects are often placed near the barrier which could allow a child to climb over the fence (e.g. pot plants, chairs, pool pumps near the pool barrier);
  • Excess space under the fence; and
  • Misuse of the gate (e.g. propping the pool gate open).

Simply having a pool barrier and gate isn’t ‘job done’. Kidsafe urges pool and spa owners to take 15 to 20 minutes to check and maintain their pool gate, barrier and its surrounds.

For further information on the campaign and to access resources including the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s home pool safety checklist, please visit http://kidsafe.com.au/closing-the-gate-on-backyard-drowning.

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Friday, October 05, 2018

Kidsafe WA with the support of the WA Department of Health has developed the Preventing Childhood Injuries Facilitator’s Guide and Video. The resource is designed to assist child health educators in delivering sessions on child safety to parents and carers of children aged 0 to 5 years.


The resource provides a session plan for facilitators to guide them in delivering a session, along with a USB with a video to play to participants. The video provided on the USB is split into two chapters based on children’s age and stage of development and relays information covered in the session plan. Topics covered include making the home a safer environment for children, transporting children safely, water safety, falls prevention, poison safety, burns prevention, safe sleeping and safety during outdoor play.

The Preventing Childhood Injuries Facilitator’s Guide and Video is available free of charge to child health educators working with parents and carers in WA. To order your copy, please place an order on the Kidsafe WA Online Shop at http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/professional-resources-1. For more information please email Gretchen@kidsafewa.com.au or call (08) 6244 4880.

 


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Monday, July 02, 2018

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:

  • Ensure children are supervised around potential burn and scald hazards.
  • Set the hot water delivery temperature in the home to a maximum of 50°C. A licensed plumber can do this for you.
  • When bathing your child, turn the cold water on first and off last, and never leave a hot running bath unattended.
  • Never hold a child while having a hot drink.
  • Install guards around heaters and fireplaces.
  • Keep children out of the kitchen in a safe play area while cooking.
  • Choose low fire-risk children’s nightwear that is close fitting and made of less flammable material.
  • Keep appliances and cords out of reach of children.
  • Install smoke alarms, test them regularly and replace batteries on 1st April every year.
  • Develop a home fire escape plan with your family.

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:

  • Remove any wet clothes. If the clothes are stuck to the skin, keep them on.
  • Immediately run the burn or scald under cool running water for at least 20 minutes – do not use ice, ointments, oils, butter or creams.
  • Keep the child warm to prevent them from going into shock.
  • Seek medical attention if the burn or scald is on the face, hands, feet, genitals or buttocks, or if it is larger than a 20 cent coin or blistered.

Follow the links below for more information on burns and scalds:

 
 

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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:

  • Turn off appliances that are not in use and before removing its plug from a power point.
  • Only use one double adaptor per power point.
  • Check appliances regularly and stop using an appliance immediately if it becomes faulty.
  • Never insert metal objects into an appliance or power point. Use safety covers to prevent or discourage children from doing this.
  • Never leave electrical appliances unattended around children.
  • Never touch an electrical appliance if you are wet or near water.
  • Take care not to stretch or damage electrical cords and always hold the plug, not the cord to remove it from a power point.
  • Ensure your home has a residual current device (RCD) installed.
  • Use a licensed electrical contractor for renovations and home maintenance.
  • Hire a professional tree contractor to trim trees that are too close to power lines.

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.

 

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Monday, January 01, 2018

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


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Monday, January 01, 2018

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:

  • Actively supervise children during gatherings and ensure everyone knows who is responsible for the supervision of children.
  • Actively supervise children within arm’s reach when in or around water. Never leave young children in the care of older children around water, it is too much responsibility.
  • Check that the pool fence and gate are in good working order and never propped open.
  • Remember to clean up after a holiday party and immediately empty or dispose any leftover alcohol.
  • Restrict access to the BBQ unless you are there to supervise children and turn the BBQ off immediately after use.
  • Be aware of button batteries in novelty items or decorations. The casing is often flimsy and the batteries aren’t secured which can be extremely dangerous if children swallow these.

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.

 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

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 kidsafe@kidsafewa.com.au

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

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Friday, July 07, 2017

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:

  • Children between 0 and 4 years of age represent over one third of total injury presentations (40.3%).
  • Toddlers aged 1 and 2 years recorded the greatest number of injuries within the babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers age group (26.0% and 24.8% respectively).
  • Males are at greater risk of sustaining an injury and record consistently higher numbers in comparison to females across all ages.
  • Just under half of injuries to this age group are caused by a fall (43.9%).
  • Almost all injuries are due to unintentional circumstances (99.0%).

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;        

  • Not leaving your baby unattended on nursery equipment or other raised surfaces.
  • Have a licenced plumber install a hot water tempering valve to control the delivery temperature of your tap water to a maximum of 50°C.
  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms and test them regularly.
  • Ensure poisons are kept in a high lockable cupboard or cabinet. 
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Saturday, April 01, 2017

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.

 

 

Safety During Play
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

 

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Friday, July 07, 2017

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:

  • Ensure your child wears appropriate protective equipment for their chosen sport. This may include mouthguards, eyewear, helmets, protective padding, footwear and gloves.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated while participating in sporting activities
  • Always warm up and cool down before and after sporting activities.
  • Children should participate in sports that have modified rules and equipment appropriate to their development. Modified sports include AusKick, Minkey, NetSetGo and Kanga Cricket.
  • Do not allow children to play sport while tired, ill or injured. Ensure the appropriate recovery time is allocated.
  • Sporting grounds and facilities should be checked regularly for damaged playing surfaces, fencing, lights, posts, padding and rubbish.

For more information on how to protect your children from injury visit: www.kidsafewa.com.au

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Staying hydrated

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.
 

 

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Monday, October 26, 2015

 

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:

  • Always supervise your children
  • Always use harnesses in highchairs and prams
  • Never leave babies alone on a raised surface
  • Ensure you purchase equipment with the Australian Standards tick of approval
  • If using bunk beds, ensure they have guard rails and a fixed ladder
  • Use gates /barriers at the top and bottom of stairs
  • Ensure stairs are well lit and that children can reach the light switches
  • Keep objects and furniture that children can climb away from windows and balconies

Although some falls may seem difficult to prevent, falls can be prevented!

Watch our falls prevention animation at here

Safety On The Road
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Friday, October 05, 2018

Being a pedestrian can be dangerous, so it is important to teach children the skills to navigate the roads safely. Each year over 1,300 children present to the Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department for a road traffic injury. A large number of these injuries are to children as pedestrians, either on foot or wheels, which includes bicycles and other small wheeled devices.

 

Here are some simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of pedestrian injuries:

  • Always supervise children near traffic.
  • Adults should be a good role model and demonstrate safe behaviours when near the road.
  • Teach children about choosing safe places to cross the road and to stop, look, listen and think before crossing the road.
  • Ensure children learn and practise how to use equipment in a safe place away from roads, driveways and slopes.
  • Make sure the brakes and locking mechanism for bicycles or other small wheeled devices work before using them.
  • Make sure children use protective equipment such as helmets, wrist, knee and elbow guards when using small wheeled devices.
  • Ensure children wear bright coloured clothing so that they stand out and are easy to see when near 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.

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Friday, October 05, 2018

As we move into the warmer months, it is important to remember how dangerous it can be to leave a child unattended in a parked car.

On a typical summer’s day the temperature in a parked car can be over 30 degrees hotter than outside, and unfortunately children do not tolerate heat well. This could lead to dehydration and other health related issues.

Here are some things you can do to reduce the risk of leaving children unattended in a car:

  • Plan to complete quick jobs when you don’t have children with you;
  • Seek service stations offering pay at the pump;
  • Ensure cars are locked and the keys are out of reach of children to prevent children gaining access to the car; and
  • Always check the car before you leave it.

Kidsafe WA has also developed car park signs which can be purchased by organisations to install in local car parks. The car park signs act as a reminder to community members to take their children with them after parking the car.

Let’s work together to raise awareness and reduce the number of children left unattended in parked cars.

For more information about the ‘Do Not Leave Children in Cars’ campaign or to order car park signs contact us on (08) 6244 4880 or visit www.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


 

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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/

 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

 

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Friday, July 07, 2017

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:

  • Leading causes of road-related injuries to children include as a wheeled pedestrian, such as those using scooters, skateboards or rollerblades (38.0%), cyclist (33.7%), passenger in a vehicle (13.3%), motorcyclist (6.3%) and pedestrian (5.2%).
  • Males are at greater risk of sustaining a road-related injury. 
  • Older children aged between 10-14 years are at greater risk of sustaining an injury as a wheeled pedestrian, cyclist, pedestrian or on a motorcycle in comparison to younger children.
  • The risk of injury as a passenger in a vehicle was consistent across all age groups.
  • Young children under the age of 5 are at greater risk of hot car entrapment and driveway reversing run-overs.
  • 19.5% of cyclists were recorded as wearing a helmet and only 4.0% of wheeled pedestrians.

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

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Friday, July 07, 2017

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.

 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

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:

  • Always supervise children near traffic
  • Teach children to stop, look, listen and think before crossing the road
  • Ensure children learn and practise how to use equipment in a safe place away from roads, driveways and slopes
  • Make sure the brakes and locking mechanism for bicycles or other small wheeled devices work before using them
  • Make sure children use protective equipment such as helmets, wrist, knee and elbow guards when using small wheeled devices
  • Ensure children wear bright coloured clothing so that they stand out and are easy to see when near the road
  • Make sure everyone is buckled up on every trip when travelling in the car
  • Ensure children are using a correctly fitted child car restraint for the child’s age and size.

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.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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:

  • Helmets should always be worn when children are using equipment with wheels
  • Ensure closed in shoes are worn
  • For young children, or children receiving equipment for the first time think of providing knee, elbow and wrist guards
  • On Christmas day, put aside some time to teach children how to use new toys

And teach children the road rules and safety messages for using equipment.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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:

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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:

  • Buckle up on every trip
  • Make sure the child car restraint is right for your child/children
  • Make sure the child car restraint is fitted correctly in the car
  • Ensure drivers have full vision and concentration

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.