Home safety outdoors
- All railings should be 1.1m high at least
- To avoid the possibility of young children climbing up, there should be no horizontal slats on railings
- Check the condition of your railings regularly
- Keep any items that could be used for climbing, well away from your railings.
- Ensure that your barbecue cannot be started by your child.
- Always supervise your child when she is near your barbecue.
- Keep all matches and barbecue lighting paraphernalia out of reach of your child.
- Check that all the gates and fences on your property are sufficient for keeping your child safe – that she can’t open gates, or climb over or through fences.
- Ensure that all play areas are fences off from the street and your driveway.
- Use strong wire mesh (the mesh should be strong enough to take your child’s body weight) to cover your fish pond to avoid the possibility of drowning.
- Check your garden for poisonous plants and remove.
- Don’t use snail pellets – their bright colour can make them appealing food for you child.
- Make sure that your garden is clear of rubbish – spider and insects often hide away in garden waste.
Garden shed/ garage:
- Always keep your garage and garden shed locked to keep your child away from any dangerous tools or poisons.
- Try to buy dangerous substances in child-proof containers.
- To avoid the possibility of accidental poisoning, never store poisons in food containers.
- Always keep garden and power tools locked away when you’re not using them.
- When you’re not using your ladder, lie it flat on the ground until you can lock it away.
- Your pool needs isolation fencing at least 1.2m high (that separates the pool from the house), have a self-locking gate and meet the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.
- Never leave your child when she’s playing in or near a pool – most pool drownings occur in the family pool and are the result of a lack of supervision.
- To properly supervise, you should know how well the children who are swimming in your pool can swim.
- Ensure that you are confident with the water safety rules.
- Know how to give basic resuscitation and keep a chart near the swimming pool.
- For further information, go to Water Safety New Zealand and Pool Safe.
- The causes of most injuries involving trampolines result from an unbalanced landing when jumping, falling to the ground from the trampoline, hitting the frame and banging into another person when sharing the trampoline.
- The most common trampoline-related injuries are broken limbs and head injuries – although children have died as the result of injuries relating to trampolines.
- You should always supervise your child when she’s on a trampoline.
- Only one person at a time should use a trampoline.
- Children under 6 years should not use a trampoline – even under supervision – as they don’t have enough control over their bodies to safely jump.
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