Injured in the blink of an eye

Keep your little ones safe around the home.

Kidsafe Australia warns that a split second is all it takes for a child to be seriously injured.
The warning comes as part of National Kidsafe Day as Kidsafe highlights some of the lesser known causes of injury which can happen in a split second.
A cup of hot tea or coffee left in reach of a child; backyard swimming pool gates left open; household cleaners found under the sink; handbags containing medications; a car reversing out of a driveway and accessible button batteries are some of the hazards that can change the life of a family in the blink of an eye.
While the number of children who die from unintentional injury has reduced dramatically from the average of 14 children per week in 1979 when Kidsafe was established, there is still much work to be done.
Store all poisonous products out reach of children, at least 1.5 metres off the ground in a lockable cupboard. The majority of serious injuries that can change lives in just a split second, are preventable.
A recently published snapshot of Child Injury in Australia revealed that in a 10-year period:
* On average, over 60,000 children under 16 years of age were hospitalised per year due to an injury.
* The total hospital cost of injury hospitalisations of children during the 10-year period was $2.1 billion – $212 million annually, and an average cost per child of $3,119.
* Children had a higher risk of dying from their injury if they were 10 years old, lived in regional or remote Australia, were injured in a transport incident, following drowning and submersion, or sustained a head injury.
“As a parent of two young toddlers, I know how difficult it can be to keep an eye on them at all times,“ Kidsafe Victoria CEO Melanie Courtney said.
“This is why it’s so critical to have safe play areas and make your home as childproof as possible – because although a serious incident takes just seconds to occur, it can have life-long consequences.“
Always remember to keep those hazards in mind around the home. Put dangerous items right out of reach, shut the gates, keep your young ones out of harm’s way when cars are moving about and keep an eye out all the time for a potential accident.
Let’s bring those numbers down and keep our kiddies safe.