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Home safety: around water, driveways and roads

Keep pools fenced and locked; watch your child around water; hold their hand near cars.
  • Use swimming pool fences that meet Australian standards. Securely cover birdbaths and ponds with wire mesh, or leave them empty until kids are five.
  • For safe fun with water, always watch your child – even if he can swim.
  • Pedestrian safety means holding your child’s hand near cars, roads and driveways. Never reverse down the driveway until you know where your child is.

Park and garden safety

Stay safe in the play park; provide sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses; be aware of poisonous plants.
  • For playground safety, always supervise your child as she plays. Or better still, play with her!
  • Sun safety means sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, 10 am-3 pm, September to April, when the UV radiation is strongest.
  • Fence off dangerous plants, or remove them until your child knows not to eat them (usually around three years).

Home safety around sheds, garages and tools

Lock up your shed, garage and storage areas; keep emergency numbers near the phone.
  • Lock your shed, garage and storage boxes. Also lock away hand tools. Keep lawnmowers, chainsaws and power tools out of reach.
  • When using tools, make sure your child is out of the way. Unplug tools when not in use. Keep household poisons out of reach, out of sight and locked away, at least 1.5 metres up.
  • Keep emergency numbers near the phone. Read more about making your home safe for your child.
  • Last updated or reviewed 04-09-2014