Anyone who has kids knows how quickly accidents can happen - you need eyes in the back of your head at all times. Children are curious and learn through exploring their environments. However, it’s important to provide a safe environment for them to learn, grow and develop in. This post will point you in the direction of some resources designed to do exactly that.
What the statistics say
It’s confronting but true: child deaths are tragically common in Australia. According to KidSafe Australia, approximately 150 children die and over 60,000 are admitted to hospital every year due to serious injuries.
The leading causes of these deaths are drowning, choking/suffocating and transport-related accidents. The main causes of injuries that require hospitalisation include burns, poisoning and being hit or crushed. More Australian children die of injury than of asthma and cancer combined.
KidSafe, the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, aims to empower parents with resources to minimise the risk of preventable accidents. Their website contains a wealth of useful information and tips in each major category of child safety.
The home is the most common place for childhood injury to occur. Types of injuries that can take place in the home include falls, choking, electrocution and animal bites, among others. One of KidSafe’s suggestions is to get down on your hands and knees and examine your home from a child’s perspective in order to check for hazards. Their brochure ‘A Parent’s Guide to KidSafe Homes’ contains plenty more information and tips for making your home a lot safer for the little ones.
Car and road safety
In Australia, transport injuries are the most common cause of death for children aged 14 and under. The road is a dangerous place especially for children, with hazards ranging from car accidents to driveway safety and hot cars. KidSafe has a number of resources available for reducing the risk to children.
Drowning remains one of the biggest risks to children in Australia and the majority of toddler drownings occur in backyard swimming pools. KidSafe has dedicated information on pool safety, while the Royal Life Saving Society aims to prevent drowning by helping all Australians to learn water safety skills.
Sports and play
Sports and play can be a rewarding aspect of childhood with many health benefits. But it’s important to minimise any risks to safety. KidSafe WA has a sports app that provides a number of tools to help both parents and coaches reduce the risks of injury during sports.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you may be able to make a Personal Injury compensation claim. Shine Lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis to ensure everyone has access to justice. Contact us today for an obligation free appointment today so that we can help you right wrong.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: February 18, 2019.