Kidsafe NSW Inc. Newsletter
20 Dec 2016

In This Issue


Christmas Message!

Hi Everyone,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year and to thank the community for working with Kidsafe NSW to highlight some very important child safety messages.

Toppling Furniture

Serious injury and death to small children can be prevented by securing furniture to walls and floors.

Children are naturally curious and learn by exploring the world around them. Minor bumps and tumbles can be part of this exploration. However, in the case of unstable, large or heavy furniture, accidents may occur if a child decides to climb the furniture.

Source and photo credit:  Product Safety Australia
Source and photo credit: Product Safety Australia

Stay Safe in the Sun

Children need to be protected from the sun, even on cloudy and cooler days. 

Source:  Cancer Council NSW
Source: Cancer Council NSW

Congratulations Sydney Children's Hospital Network

Congratulations to Kids Health and the Learn to Stop Burns & Scalds in the Kitchen project working group! This included The Sydney Children's Hospital Network, Kids Health at The Children's Hospital Network, the BurnsTrust, Clipsal, Community Child Care Co-operative, Kidsafe NSW, The George Institute and NSW Government. 

Source and photo credit:  Kids Health
Source and photo credit: Kids Health

National Kidsafe Day 2016

The aim of National Kidsafe Day is to increase awareness of unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention, as well as the valuable work of Kidsafe - the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, in public education, advocacy and research into the causes and prevention of unintentional childhood injury. 

Hot Cars

The warm days of summer have arrived! Did you know on a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be 30 - 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature? Most of the increase of temperature occurs within five minutes of closing the car. 

Choosing Safe Toys for Christmas

Toys are an important part of childhood, helping children learn and develop, as well as entertaining them. Unfortunately, some toys can be dangerous. Poorly constructed toys or toys that are inappropriate for your child's age and level of development can lead to tragic results.

The good news according to NSW Fair Trading is that toys sold today are much safer than they were a decade ago! 

Mandatory Standard: Self-Balancing Scooters

If you are considering giving or receiving a self-balancing scooter this year for the holiday, make sure that you look for the Australian Standard tick mark!

This mandatory standard applies to self-balancing scooters and became effective on 17 July 2016. A self-balancing scooter is a two-wheeled ride on device with no steering grips, seats or handlebars is powered by a lithium-ion battery and rechargeable via connection to a mains power supply. 

Source:  Product Safety Australia
Source: Product Safety Australia

Kidsafe NSW Child Car Restraint One-Day Accredited Course

New course available now!

This nationally recognised course aims to provide individuals and professionals with the knowledge and skills to appropriately select, install and adjust child restraints in vehicles. On completion of this one-day course, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for one unit of competence for Course RSCICR301A. 

Swimming Pool Safety

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Backyard swimming pools are the most common location where child drowning incidents occur. 

Matt Preston. Image source: Royal Life Saving
Matt Preston. Image source: Royal Life Saving

Poisoning from Common Household Products

Every year thousands of children need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found in and around the home. Most accidental poisonings occur to children younger than five, with children aged two most at risk.

There are many medications, household cleaners and items that can be safe when used as directed. It is when children have access to these items that accidents can happen. 

Product recalls

For a complete list of product recalls including children's clothing, furniture and toys go to ACCC Product Safety Australia. 


Don't miss your opportunity to help "Make a Safer World for Kids"!

Kidsafe NSW is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. We rely on NSW Government grants, project funding, sponsorship and donations to deliver quality programs and resources to the community.


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