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One Step Ahead - Prevention Matters
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Your Kidsafe SA December 2015 Newsletter

From the CEO

This Friday we will be celebrating the Helen Noblet Award and recognising two groups that have made a significant contribution to child injury prevention in South Australia - the staff of the Women's and Children's Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department and the South Australian Coroner's Office. The ceremony will be attened by The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le and his wife, Mrs Lan Le, along with Helen's family members.

The Award acknowledges the significant legacy of former Kidsafe SA CEO Helen Noblet, whose contribution to child injury prevention over 23 years is immeasurable.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kidsafe SA Board of Management, staff and all our supporters for demonstrating great commitment and energy to achieving the organisation’s vision, mission and goals, and progressing our strategic priorities during 2015.

Finally, I would just like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes at this important time of year:

Giving of any kind…
Taking an action…
Begins the process of change,
and moves us to remember that
we are part of a much greater universe.

Have a safe and happy summer and best wishes for the festive season.

Holly Fitzgerald
Kidsafe SA CEO



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12 days of Christmas Safety Tips for this Holiday Season

  1. The Christmas Tree is a must have for many families and probably already standing tall and beautifully decorated in most homes. Unfortunately, some decorations can be choking hazards so smaller items should be stored away until children are older. Also remember to anchor/secure your tree so it can’t fall onto young children. 
  2. Button Batteries: Small electronic items such as singing cards and books, remote controlled toys and electronic candles may contain small button batteries. These can pose a serious risk to young children if swallowed. Look around your home for any items that may contain a button battery and place them up high, out of reach or in a locked cupboard.
  3. In ground and portable pools: The swimming pool is a popular place to spend time over the break. Often we visit families with backyard pools or head to the beach for some beach cricket. It is important to make sure that there is always someone actively watching children in and around water. Young children should always be actively supervised within arm’s reach around water.
  4. Travelling: How many places do you need to get to on Christmas Day? Travelling is often a big part of Christmas and the holiday period. The roads can be unexpected with so many people travelling. Be sure to secure presents, toys and luggage in the boot or rear of the car so they don’t move or become a projectile into the front of the car.
  5. Car parks: Shopping centre car parks are busier during the holidays. Watch out for distracted pedestrians and agitated drivers who may not be paying attention to you and your children, especially when backing out of parking spaces. Remember, ALL cars have a large blind space of up to 15m behind the car when reversing.
  6. Carpooling and child car restraints: Will you be carpooling this festive season? Remember when traveling in large groups, all children need to be their own child car restraint. Check out Kidsafe NSW’s ‘Seat Me Safely’ guide to find out where children can be positioned in your car. http://www.kidsafensw.org/seatmesafely/
  7. Hot cars: Rushing into the shops for a last minute item? Remember to always take children in with you. A parked car can get up to 20-30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature within the first 5 minutes. Never leave children alone in the car, not even for a minute.
  8. Alcohol and eskys: Eat, drink and be merry! But remember to keep alcohol out of reach so little ones can’t find it, as small children like to imitate adults. Another good reminder is to keep the esky securely shut so children can’t fall in. Ice melts and 5cm of water and 2 minutes is all it takes for a young child to drown.
  9. Kitchen safety: Everyone does more cooking at Christmas time and often in a ‘Christmas panic’. Remember to turn saucepan handles away and out of reach of exploring hands. If possible, restrict access to the kitchen during this time to reduce the risk of a serious burn or scald injury to young children.
  10. Medications: Sadly many children are accidently poisoned by taking medications they find thinking they are lollies. Medications travel with you when you go away so it is important to lock them away in out of reach cupboards or in a secure container in the fridge.  Handbags also need to be kept out of reach as children love to rummage and find new things!
  11. Bikes: Is Santa bringing your child a new bike or scooter for Christmas? Make sure they get a well-fitted helmet as well! Wearing a helmet while riding reduces the chances of head injury by 74% in a collision with a vehicle. It is against the law for children to ride without a helmet.
  12. Trampolines: Another exciting present that Santa likes to give is a trampoline. Some simple tips for safe trampoline use are:

1. One at a time
2. Supervise
3. Safety padding
4. Regularly check that the:

Mat and net don’t have holes
Springs are intact and securely attached at both ends
Frame is not bent
Leg braces are locked.

5. Hazard free surrounds – no fences or garden furniture and no objects overhead

Kidsafe SA Out and About
The Unconventional Oven: Kidsafe teams up with celebrity chef Matt Moran
Matt Moran cooks lamb in a parked car to raise awareness about not leaving kids in hot cars. The video went viral trending number 1! Check out the video here.
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Thank you Springfield Help for Small Charities Inc.
The Christmas Cocktails and Garden Party hosted by Springfield Help for Small Charities raised over $20,000 for Kidsafe SA! We thank them and all the major sponsors of this prestigious event for their support.
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National Kidsafe Day 2015 - Celebrating 40 years of the child car restraint Standard
The evolution of child car restraints over the past 40 years has resulted in a significant reduction in child deaths and serious injuries from car crashes. Kidsafe wanted to celebrate this and showcase how far they have come over this time.
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Have you seen mermaids swimming around? A safety reminder about mermaid tails
Mermaid tails and monofin products will be a popular present for children this Christmas. Such products should always be used under supervision and with caution.
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Kidsafe SA have just launched an online safety shop. With easy payment and prompt delivery, you can browse and shop for safety products from the comfort of your own home! You can also shop knowing that 100% of profits come directly back to Kidsafe SA to support vital child safety and injury prevention services to the community.
For any queries relating to safety products, please email us at sa@kidsafe.org.au or call us on (08) 8161 6318

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Kidsafe SA Inc.
Level 1, Gilbert Building (opposite the Playdeck)
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
72 King William Rd, North Adelaide SA 5006

Phone: (08) 8161 6318 Fax: (08) 8161 6162
Email: sa@kidsafe.org.au

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