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Reducing Injury Risk Over the Holidays

Around the Home:

  • Ensure toys are appropriate for the child’s age and stage of development and are of good quality.
  • Be aware of toys, novelty items and decorations containing button batteries around Christmas time and
    ensure children do not have access to these.
  • Actively supervise children during gatherings and ensure everyone knows who the responsible adult is.
  • Educate your children to interact with pets in a friendly manner and teach them not to disturb pets when
    they are eating, sleeping or caring for young. Always ask the owner’s permission before petting.
  • For more information, check out our Home Safety Resources.

While in the Garden:

  • Keep gardens well maintained to eliminate hiding places for insects, spiders and reptiles.
  • When playing outside, enclosed shoes, pants and long-sleeved clothing will assist in protecting children
    from insect bites.
  • For more information, check out our Backyard Safety Factsheet.

Water Safety:

  • Always actively supervise young children within arm’s reach around water.
  • Restrict access to water. Home swimming pools and inflatable pools deeper than 30cm must be fenced.
  • Check fences for damage and ensure the pool gate is kept shut with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • For more water safety resources, we recommend checking out Royal Life Saving Society of WA article on Keeping Watch this summer.

At Play:

  • Always supervise children when they are playing and teach them how to use equipment safely.
  • Ensure that there is only one person at a time jumping on the trampoline.
  • Ensure trampolines and playground equipment meet Australian Standards and are in good condition.
  • Provide a clear area free from hard objects around and underneath trampolines and play equipment.
  • Check out our Trampoline Animation for more safety tips.

On the Road:

  • When using or gifting bicycles and other small-wheeled devices, ensure that that safety equipment is provided. Children should always wear a helmet that complies with the current Australian Standards.
  • Children riding bikes and other small-wheeled devices should wear clothing that is highly visible to road users.
  • Teach children how to cross the road safely and be aware of cars entering or exiting driveways.
  • When travelling in the car ensure children use a correctly fitted child car restraint for their age and size.
  • Never leave children unattended in a car. On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be 30° higher than the outside temperature.
  • Check out our Hot Cars Campaign for more information.