28 Jun 2021
In This Issue
Burns are a major cause of injury to Australians and can have a long-term impact on patients, not just physically, but also mentally. National Burns Awareness Month (NBAM) is an initiative of Kidsafe Australia, run in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA). The campaign is held in June each year as there is a significantly increased risk of burns during winter. The aim of the month is to drive greater awareness amongst the Australian community of burns prevention and to inform about the correct first aid treatment for burns.
Thank you everyone for getting involved and getting educated about burns prevention.
For more information and some great resources for children visit Kidsafe Australia
With Winter School Holiday here, many families enjoy time together while camping, even in the backyard, if experiencing restrictions due to COVID.
A fun part of camping can be huddled around the campfire for cooking, conversation, and warmth! Campfires can also be a potential hazard for children.
It is important to always put out a campfire completely with water, not sand or dirt. If covered with dirt or sand, heat can be retained for hours, resulting in severe burns on feet if walked upon.
Should a burn occur, the best first aid is cool running water for a full 20 minutes. If the burn is bigger than 3cm or a 20c piece, see your doctor, or go to the nearest hospital.
Check out The Cool Runnings video now!
To find out more about The Cool Runnings burn prevention and first aid campaign and to download the app click here.
Image Source: The Cool Runnings
Fire and Rescue NSW has a fantastic Winter Safety Checklist
Safety tips include:
For additional information and resources visit:
With winter now here, we are pulling on our winter jackets to keep warm. To keep our children safe when travelling in motor vehicles it is important to remove any thick, bulky items of clothing before they are seated in the child car seat.
The harness must fit snugly to ensure optimal safety and bulky items can make the harness fit too loose. A quick way to check the harness is to do the pinch test
If you can pinch the webbing at the top of the harness then the harness is too loose and will need to be tightened by using the harness adjuster at the front of the child car seat.
Safety tips include:
For further information on keeping kids safe in the car and around roads see A Parent’s Guide to Kidsafe Roads
Also, check out the updated National Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles
In December 2020 the Australian Government made mandatory safety and information standards for button batteries and consumer goods containing them.
The ACCC has developed A Guide for Business on the Application of Mandatory Standards. The purpose of this guide is to assist suppliers in understanding the requirements for secure battery compartments, child resistant packaging, and warnings and information.
The ACCC has also developed a fact sheet which summarises the requirements of the new standards for the benefit of suppliers.
Selling any non-compliant stock on or after 22 June 2022 may result in penalties being applied.
Check out Product Safety Australia website for information on button battery safety.
Content source: Product Safety Australia
A new alert has been put forth by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to urge parents to ensure Apple AirTags are kept out of the reach of young children, as the ACCC has raised safety concerns with Apple about the accessibility and security of the button battery inside the product.
Apple AirTags are small Bluetooth tracking devices that can be attached to, and then used to locate, items such as keys or wallets. They are powered by lithium coin cell ‘button’ batteries.
The ACCC is concerned that the AirTag’s battery compartment could be accessible to young children, and the button battery removed with ease. In addition, the AirTag battery compartment’s lid does not always secure fully on closing, and a distinctive sound plays when an AirTag’s lid is being closed, suggesting the lid is secure when it may not be.
Check out Product Safety Australia website for information on button battery safety
Content source: Product Safety Australia
A new study conducted at the Transurban Road Safety Centre at NeuRA has found that, when the booster seat and seat belt are used correctly it can be just as effective as new larger types of harnessed forward-facing car seats in protecting children aged four to eight years, in the event of a crash.
Importantly, the booster seat must be used correctly, with the child sitting upright in the booster, and the seatbelt correctly positioned using any belt guide features of the booster seat. Previous research shows that up to 60 per cent of booster seats are not used correctly.
For more information on the safest child restraint options, parents and carers can access National Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles, which were co-developed by NeuRA and Kidsafe, the experts in Child Safety in Australia.
Image and source content: Transurban
Transurban is collaborating with Kidsafe NSW to offer an array of services to our communities. Kidsafe NSW is excited to provide child car seat accredited training, general road safety sessions and child car seats checks to community organisations in some areas across metropolitan Sydney.
Transurban has generously funded several Kidsafe NSW projects in the past including translated child car seat fact cards, A Parent’s Guide to Keeping our Kidsafe on the Road booklet, and child car seat accredited training to those who work with vulnerable community members.
Join Kidsafe NSW at Westmead for this one-day course to gain knowledge and skills to appropriately select, install and adjust child restraints into vehicles
CRFPIA301 Provide information and advice on correct child car restraints is tailor made for those transporting children on a regular basis, including child care workers, family day care workers, intervention support organisations, car dealers and hire car operators.
While this course is comprehensive and has a hands-on component, it will not certify you to become a child car seat fitter as part of the RMS Authorised Restraint Fitters network.
Our next training is on Wednesday 4 August, 2021 at Westmead. The cost of the one-day course is $330 (GST inclusive) per person. For enrolment details, please click here
Interested in this course as onsite training for groups of about 10? Please let us know, we are happy to provide a quote!
Starting Blocks is a great resource for ideas on activites to do at home with children and guidance on talking to children about COVID.
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