Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

Safety in the Backyard

Playing outside in the backyard is a natural pastime for most children. Maintaining a safe outdoor environment is key to keeping children healthy.

Child injuries do occur in the backyard. Nearly half of backyard injuries are due to falls; other causes are cuts, poisons, scalds and burns, choking, bites and drownings or near-drownings.

Injuries to children can be prevented with some care and knowledge of how to stay safe. It also helps if your backyard is a “kidsafe” place to play.

Backyard

Backyard

For more information to help you make your backyard as safe as practicable click on the following links:

Trampoline Safety- It's Flippin' Important                                  

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has teamed up with Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry, Kidsafe and state consumer affairs agencies to help keep kids safe on trampolines.

With at least eight children per day being injured on trampolines in Australia, we are urging parents and carers to follow our safety checklist so this activity can be enjoyed injury-free,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“Trampolines can put children at risk of serious injury, particularly when used inappropriately. Children aged five to nine are at greatest risk of being hurt and injuries include fractures, open wounds, dislocations and head injuries. Unfortunately, there has also been one trampoline-related death of a child in Australia.”

A survey conducted in March by Kidsafe Western Australia on behalf of the ACCC identified a range of unsafe practices that could be putting children at risk, including reports of up to five or more children being on a trampoline at once. Also of concern was that less than a quarter of parents and carers said they always supervise their children on trampolines.

Video

To view the YouTube video Trampoline Safety it's flippin' important developed by Kidsafe in collaboration with the ACCC, Governemnt of South Australia Consumer and Business Services, Consumer Affairs Victoria and NSW Fair Trading and narrated by Blake Gaudry, Olympian trampolinist, click on this link.

Safety tips

  • One at a time: Ensure only one child at a time uses the trampoline.
  • Supervise: Supervise children at all times, regardless of age. It is recommended that children under six should not use trampolines but if they do, take extra care with younger children as they are more prone to serious injury on trampolines.
  • Safety padding: Use safety padding on the frame to avoid injuries if a child accidentally hits the frame.
  • Check condition of mats and net: Regularly check that the trampoline is in good condition and ensure that the mat and net don’t have holes, springs are intact and securely attached at both ends, frame is not bent and leg braces are securely locked.
  • Hazard free surrounds: Ensure that the area around the trampoline is free from hazards like walls, fences, play equipment or garden furniture. Also make sure there is an overhead clearance to avoid objects like clothes lines, trees and wires.

To view the checklist, Is your trampoline safe? click here.