Safe summer

Summer in Australia means warmer longer days, more time outdoors, visits to the beach and weekends camping.

Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe this summer.

  • Holiday accommodation – Check furniture is safe for small children. Check for toppling furniture risks, secured blind cords, and bunk beds with fixed guard rails and no dangerous gaps or protrusions.
  • Toys – Check for product recalls of products or Christmas gifts. Toys with small parts can be a choking hazard for children under three. Use the choke check tool to identify unsafe toys.
  • Trampolines – Make sure it is in good condition, the surrounding area is free from hazards (e.g. fences and garden furniture) and there is clearance above a trampoline from clotheslines, trees and wires.
  • Portable pools – Children can drown in portable pools. Always supervise kids.
  • Sunglasses – On overcast days UV can still cause damage to your eyes. Look for sunglasses labelled category 2, 3 or 4 to give your eyes the best UV protection.
  • Button batteries – Many products and devices use button batteries, but button batteries can cause serious injuries or death if swallowed. Check that battery compartments are secure and keep the batteries and products out of reach of young children.
  • Ladders – If ladders are unsafe or used incorrectly, they can cause serious injuries.
  • Quad bikes – These bikes can be fun, but they can also be dangerous. They are not all-terrain vehicles. Be aware of hazards. Always wear a helmet and protective clothing.

For more summer safety information visit the Product Safety Australia website.