Kidsafe Tasmania

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 jenny.branchallen@gmail.com

 

Summertime and the living should be easy!

Here are some tips to help you have a great summer with your kids.

Kidsafe Tasmania wishes all our families and friends a very merry & safe Christmas. Below we have put some very useful tips to help you through the holidays and ensure you have a wonderful and safe time with your kids.

"The most popular summer activities for children are biking, swimming, walking, going to the playground and going on a holiday."

 

Water Safety:

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  • Always supervise children when in and around water.
  • Children under age 5 have the highest risk of drowning. They are attracted to water, but they don't understand the risks.
  • Most drownings of children under age 5 happen when they are playing near water. Children can get into the water quickly and silently without adults being aware.
  • Older children are most likely to drown when they are swimming in a river, lake, or other open body of water. They may be used to swimming in a pool but don't understand the risks in other types of water.

Safe Celebrations:

  • Don't neglect the supervision of small children during family gatherings and holiday parties. If you plan to drink at a party, leave children at home with a trained, trusted babysitter. Be sure the sitter knows how to contact you and what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Remember to clean up after a holiday party. Some party leftovers can be hazardous to children.
  • Be aware that other homes you visit may not be set up for children. Special care needs to be taken.

Travel Safe:

Safer Travel

  • Be sure to use appropriate car seats and seat belts for your child's age and size. If you are traveling in someone else's car, arrange ahead of time to borrow or rent the appropriate car seat for your child.
  • Check to ensure the child restraint meets Australian Standards.
  • Exercise extra caution around roads during the holidays. There may be heavy traffic, poor weather, and the possibility of alcohol use by other drivers.
  • Create safe play areas away from moving vehicles. Know where children are, and ensure they are in the care of another adult before moving vehicles to prevent driveway runovers.
  • If you must leave the car, even to run a quick errand - be Kidsafe and take your kids with you. Where possible plan car travel for the cooler part of the day, provide plenty of cool water, light snacks and make frequent stops every two hours to enable everyone to stretch their legs.

Toy Safety:

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  • Follow the age recommendations on toys even if you believe that your child is exceptional, as these pertain to the safety of the item.
  • To prevent choking, buy toys for children that are marked suitable for children under three.
  • Inspect toys to make sure that they don't have parts that could break off and be swallowed.

 How to be SunSmart

  • Use SPF30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen on your child’s face, arms, hands, and any other skin that is not covered.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours.
  • Sunscreen does not completely block out all UV radiation and should never be the only method of sun protection.

Kidsafe Tasmania's 2021 Program

 

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.

 

Kidsafe Tasmania recognises and thanks Tasmanian Grandparents 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.