Kidsafe Tasmania


National Burns Awareness Month - June 2021

Every week, 17 children are treated at a specialist burns unit across Australia and New Zealand
Protect your family this National Burns Awareness Month

Kidsafe Australia is urging parents and carers to take action to prevent burns in the home as winter hits and ensure they are aware of the correct first aid measures if a burn does occur.

The call comes during National Burns Awareness Month, an Australia-wide campaign focused on raising awareness of prevention and correct first aid treatment for burns and scalds across all age groups. The campaign is run by Kidsafe Australia in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA).

Click here for detailed information about National Burns Awareness Month, and some great burns prevention information.

Kidsafe Tasmania's 2021 Program

The Kidsafe Tasmania office now open following the break

Kidsafe works proactively around Australia with parents, communities and governments to minimise the burden of childhood injury on our health systems by increasing awareness, providing child safety education, advocacy and reviewing the causes and prevention of childhood injuries.

The Kidsafe office is located at 20 Lampton Avenue Derwent Park. 

A range of information sheets and brochures covering child protection and child safety issues is also available free-of-charge.

Anyone interested in learning more about child safety can phone Kidsafe Tasmania on 0417 381 721  or send a request by email to

Burns Prevention - a critical message

Videos - prevention and first aid for burns and scalds

Below are links to a range of videos on the prevention and correct first aid treatment for burns and scalds.

Burn Safety
How NOT to Treat a Burn
Campfire Safety
Hot Liquid Scalds
Preventing Burns and Scalds in Children

Emergency child car seat fittings.


Is your baby due soon? How are you going to sort child restraints?

Don’t worry, Kid Safe Tasmania are providing an emergency “one on one” fitting service. Our expert team will make sure your restraints are correctly fitted to your vehicle for complete peace of mind!

We can even send you a free safety guide to your home, to help you check that your child seats are correctly and safely fitted to your car. 

For child restraint checks and fittings call the Road Safety Manager on 0407 692 403

Soft Fall in Playgrounds


Thinking about constructing a playground or adding to the one you have? Here is some advice to help you get started.

Most playground injuries can be prevented or their severity reduced by good planning, design and maintenance to avoid playground hazards. It is important to note that the Australian Standards for playgrounds recognise that children need opportunities to experience risk and challenge in playgrounds and the standards focus on the elimination of hazards likely to cause serious life threatening injuries. The standards do not advocate risk-free playgrounds.

The following fact sheets provide some excellent advice for your playground planning:

Australian Standards for Playgrounds

Playground Hazards

Natural Playspaces

Impact Areas

Playground Surfacing


Keeping Your Child and Dog Safe

Dog bite

Children under five years of age are at greater risk of dog bites.

It is common for young children to be bitten while doing child-like inquisitive things- playing with the dog’s food, chasing the dog, or other things that the child thinks are play but to the dog are teasing.

Safety steps to prevent dog bites:

  • Remember any dog can and may bite
  • Keep babies and young children away from your dog, especially at feeding times
  • Ask friends and family to keep their dogs away from the children
  • Stay within reach if a dog is near children
  • Train your dog to obey commands
  • The dog should obey ‘come’, ‘sit’, commands from all family members
  • Buy the right dog for your family
  • As the RSPCA or a vet about the dog best suited to your needs


Dogs in Cars

Pets aren’t children, but with respect to car travel, you should treat dogs as you would young kids.

  • Your dog should always sit in the back seat, secured with a safety restraint. Don’t let them ride in the front seat.
  • Yes, small dogs are cute and may fit in your lap perfectly, but you should not drive this way or allow your small dog to lie on a dashboard or other areas in the vehicle. This causes a distraction for you and increases your dog’s chances of being injured.
  • Never leave your dog alone in the car, never leave your dog alone in the car with a child.
  • Unrestrained Dogs -Become Projectiles. The force of a collision will send any loose objects in the vehicle flying, including unrestrained pups. This is dangerous not only for the dog, but also for any other people in the vehicle who might be struck by a canine cannon-ball careening through the vehicle.

 Don’t let this happen to your dog


Recognising Tasmanian Grandparents' love and care for their grandchildren.


This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC

Kidsafe Tasmania recognises and thanks Tasmanian Grandparents during Seniors Week for the love and care they give to their grandchildren.

Grandparents increasingly provide support for their families by minding grandchildren while parents return to work.

We also recognise and thank grandparents raising grandchildren.

Kidsafe Tasmania understands the challenges of raising children and keeping them safe from unintentional injury and remind grandparents we are here to provide them with support.

Kidsafe provides advice on child proofing your home, how to reduce the chances of unintentional injury and correctly fitting and using child restraints.

Please contact us on 0417 381 721 to enquire on how we can help you.