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26 November 2020
Are you safe summer ready?

We want you to enjoy the festive season and summer holidays. 

Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe over the summer months. 

Christmas trees, decorations and lights

Be aware that real Christmas trees (traditionally pine) can become easily flammable as they dry after being cut.

Make sure no flammable items, including aerosols, are close to the tree.

Check Christmas lights for loose wires as these are most likely to be unsafe. 

Don't leave lights on overnight or unsupervised.

Keep lights away from flammable decorations and materials that can burn easily. Consider LED Christmas lighting as these operate at an extra-low voltage, minimising the risk of electric shock. 

Read and follow manufacturer's instructions, including appropriate use of lighting. Never use interior lighting for exterior decorations. 

Christmas toys

Make sure the gifts you're giving haven't been recalled or banned by checking the Product Safety Australia website

Check that gifts for little ones are age appropriate and don't pose choking hazards. You can use the ACCC choke check tool for help. 

Read warning labels and follow all safety instructions. 

Button batteries

Button batteries are found in common household items and can cause serious injuries or death if swallowed. 

Look for products that do not use button batteries at all when buying a toy, household device or novelty item.

If you do purchase items containing button batteries, ensure that they have a child-resistant battery compartment - eg secured with a screw - so that the product does not release the battery and it is difficult for a young child to access it. 

If friends or family with young children visit your home during the holidays, make sure items that include button batteries have secure battery compartments that can't be opened by children. This could include:

  • TV remotes
  • keys and garage remote fobs
  • toys
  • Christmas decorations and novelties. 

If you suspect a child has swallowed a button battery, immediately call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26. 

High powered magnets

Small high-powered magnets can pose serious health risks if swallowed. They may be advertised as a toy, game, puzzle, adult desk toy, educational toy or game, puzzle for mental stimulation or stress relief or a construction or modelling kit.

Keep small high-powered magnets away from children at all times. 

Small high-powered magnets have been banned and recently recalled. See details on the Product Safety Australia website

Magnets with a strong magnetic field may cause permanent damage to credit cards, computer hard drives, watches, TVs, data storage media and other electronic devices and objects. 

Trampolines

Hundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for trampoline-related injuries, such as cuts, sprains and fractures. 

Make sure you supervise and there's only one child at a time on the trampoline. 

Always use safety padding on the frame.

Regularly check the condition of the trampoline. 

Make sure there are no hazards around the trampoline. 

Aquatic toys and pool gates

Make sure the aquatic toys or flotation aids you're gifting haven't been recalled by checking the Product Safety Australia website. 

Flotation aids and aquatic toys are not safety devices. Parents and carers should constantly watch children using these products. 

12 children aged 0-4 years old drowned in Australia in 2019-20, with over half occurring in swimming pools. 

Locking devices on pool gates and fences can be defective or wear out over time. Check that your pool gate and latches are locking properly when the gate is closed to ensure that unsupervised kids can't access the pool. 

Never leave a pool gate propped open. 

Lifejackets

When participating in recreational water activities such as boating, canoeing or water skiing, you are required by law to wear a life jacket. 

Lifejackets must comply with certain safety standards, be well-maintained and be suitable for the type of recreational activity. Check the requirements for marine safety equipment in SA