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

From the CEO

Dads and the male carers in our lives play such a large role in shaping the way we learn and think about safety. It was my Dad that taught me how to ride a bike for the first time, teaching me about the road rules along the way and ensuring that a helmet, and other protective gear, was properly fitted and then purchased at the appropriate store (embarrassing for me at the time).  And it was my Poppa that would teach us about water safety and the dangers of rips and tides during summer holidays along the coast.

I recently recall a friend’s 6 month old daughter rolling off the bed under the watch of her grandfather. After the initial shock and many tears, she was fine but he felt so guilty, trying to understand how it happened when he was right there. Yesterday she couldn’t roll but today she can. Injuries are often related to a child’s developmental stage.

Young children aged between 0–4 years are particularly susceptible to injury because of their lack of experience and ability to recognise dangerous situations. Their body shape and size (large sized head in comparison to the rest of their body), their inquisitiveness, changing developmental stages, and physical skill level also make them more vulnerable to injury.

Young children may not be capable of doing something one day, but then begin to master a new motor skill the next. It can be difficult for parents and carers to keep up with, and anticipate, the changing capabilities of young children. Hence, there is a need to make sure that parents and carers are aware of the motor and cognitive milestones of children and related risks and hazards, so they can anticipate changes to the way they need to care for their young child and keep them safe.

With Father’s Day this weekend, we celebrate the Dads and male carers in our lives who have shaped the way we think about safety. We would love to hear about your Dad, or a male family member or friend, who has taught you about safety – please share your story on the Kidsafe SA Facebook Page or email us at sa@kidsafe.org.au

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

Holly Fitzgerald
Kidsafe SA CEO

Click here to view our Dad Ambassador Ryan “Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and his son Hewie talking about driveway safety.

Click here to view further Kidsafe SA information about the Ages and Stages of young children.

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Have you checked the delivery temperature of hot water in your bathroom lately?

50°C is considered as a ‘safe’ temperature. Kidsafe SA strongly recommends parents and carers check the delivery temperature of the water in their bathrooms. If the temperature exceeds 50°C, there are simple measures you can put in place to reduce the risk of a serious burn injury to your child.

At 50°C  it would take 5 minutes to cause a third degree scald to a child’s skin. However at 60°C or above it would take just one second to cause a third degree burn to a child. Ouch! This is due to the fact that young children have thinner skin than adults do, so their skin burns more deeply in less time.

Did you know? There is a simple way to protect little ones against burn injuries in your home!

The installation of a tempering valve on the line to your bathroom can prevent burn injuries from occurring as the valve mixes the hot and cold water to deliver water to the bathroom at a maximum 50°C. It is important to note that the Plumbing Code of Australia states that water must be stored at a minimum of 60°C to prevent the growth of Legionella bacteria; therefore you must not turn down the temperature gauge on your hot water storage system. A tempering valve alters the delivery temperature of the water once it leaves storage.

It is now a requirement that tempering valves be installed on all new homes or renovations. When replacing an old hot water system, a tempering valve must be installed to reduce the temperature to 50°C in bathrooms. If you have an older hot water system, you may not have a tempering valve installed and the delivery temperature of the water may be well over 60°C. There are different types of tempering valves for different types of hot water heaters. Contact your licensed plumber about tempering valve installation and maintenance.

Alternatively, Kidsafe SA has tap protectors available for sale that cover the tap preventing little ones from turning on the hot water and burning themselves. For more information or to order tap protectors please Click Here.

THANK YOU Lollipop Markets!
Thank you Kaye and Nicole from the Lollipop Markets, and to everyone who attended the August Market and donated a gold coin to Kidsafe SA. As a result, we raised over $3,000 to support our ongoing child safety and injury prevention programs, supporting families and staff across the state.
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Join our team and run or walk with Kidsafe SA in the City to Bay!
Sunday 20th September.
Register now and join the Kidsafe SA Team to run or walk the City to Bay to support and raise funds for Kidsafe SA.
NB: The majority of our team will be walking!

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Kidsafe SA Infant Safety Training
Wednesday 16th September - book in now.
Infant Safety Training is a requirement for staff and carers working with children aged 0 – 2 years but also incorporates the broader 0 – 15 years context.
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National Kidsafe Day - Tuesday 27th October 2015
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the child car restraint standard in Australia!

More information to follow.


A warning against purchasing child car restraints online
Choosing a child car restraint is a big decision and there are a lot out there to choose from! When shopping for a new child car restraint it is important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind.
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Children and quad bikes of any size are a potentially fatal mix.
Kidsafe would like to reinforce the message to parents and carers that children under the age of 16 should not be on any size quad as a driver or passenger. Quads are not toys.

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An increasing number of burns to children from hair straighteners
A hair straightener can reach temperatures of up to 220°C in under 10 minutes. That’s hot enough to fry an egg and hot enough to cause a serious burn injury to a child and leave life long scars.
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Women's and Children's Health Network Consumer and Community Engagement
Kidsafe SA is a supporter of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) and would like to help spread the word for ways in which the public can participate in WCHN services.
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Play and Safety – Finding the right balance

Injury prevention is not about watching children every minute of the day, or wrapping them in cotton wool. It’s the opposite. Injury prevention is about creating an environment where children can explore and challenge themselves while minimising the potential for serious injury that we can predict and prevent.

It is important that children have unstructured, outdoor play. Play is a vital part of childhood growth and development. Children learn through play to develop essential skills of risk taking, learning from mistakes, problem-solving and facing challenges.

There are some risks of unstructured, outdoor play, these may include natural wildlife (spiders and snakes), some plants can be poisonous, water hazards for young children, and falls from activities such as climbing trees or rocks and boulders. It is important to keep in mind that skinned knees, grazed elbows, bumps and bruises are signs of healthy growth, learning, development and discovery.

Kidsafe SA aims to assist parents, carers and educators to create an environment for children that fosters development and independence whilst minimising the risk of serious, preventable injuries. It is up to parents to draw the line in terms of safety, no two children are alike – parents and carers should make informed decisions based on their child’s age, development and activity they are undertaking while trusting their instinct.

Kidsafe SA recommendations for parents, carers and educators to keep children safe during play:

- Always check the environment before outdoor play – banging things with a large stick to check for wildlife or stability of tree branches etc.

- Make sure children are dressed appropriately – shoes and socks, pants, long sleeves, hat, sunscreen. Assess children’s clothing with balls, bubbles, ribbons or long bits for potential entanglement issues; if you are unsure, just remove it before children head off to play.

- Put in place guidelines for children which allow them to still push and challenge themselves, for example putting in place height markers for tree climbing.

- Rather than just watching on, interact and play with children to help them learn.

- If going out bushwalking always take a mobile phone, plenty of water and sunscreen.

For more information on safe play visit: www.kidsafesa.com.au/resources/information-sheets

Playground Safety Services for Early Childhood Sites and Schools

Kidsafe SA provides a number of playground safety services to support Early Childhood Sites and Schools including Comprehensive Playground Inspections, Natural Playspace Safety Inspections, Review of Plans Services and Playground Safety and Maintenance Workshops. For more information on Kidsafe SA’s playground safety services you can visit our Playground Advisory Page or to book an onsite inspection of your playspace, call (08) 8161 6318.

Kidsafe SA online safety shop

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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