Kidsafe Qld and Kids Alive Join forces to shut the gate on pool drowning.
CEO of Kidsafe Queensland said that the many of the fatal and non-fatal drowning’s occur when the gate is no longer self-closing or has been propped open.
“It is essential that everyone check their pool gate hinges and latches and make sure they self close and lock,” Susan said, “the number of young children drowning in pools is unacceptable.
“We have a week to make sure our pools meet the legislation which includes 4-sided fences.
“Kids have drowned by crawling through the cat or dog flap”.
In a study conducted in Queensland 2002-2008 for children and adolescents aged 0-19yrs (and recently published) **:
Every year in Queensland about 63 children aged between 0-4 years are rescued from a pool – and 6 of those will be fatal.
80% of pool drowning is in the age groups of 0-4 years. 75% of pool drowning is in the age group of 1-4yrs.
1-4yrs are particularly vulnerable and, generally after 4yrs have possibly started swimming lessons
2 year olds have the highest drowning rate (37/100,000) and a risk 18 times that of 5-19yrs of drowning in a pool.
In the 0-4ears age group a child is three times more likely to drown in an unfenced pool, or a pool that has access from the house, than a pool fenced on four sides – which is the law in Queensland – no access to the pool from the house – you must have 4-sided fences.
Between 2 and 5 years climbable objects have often been used by this age group to gain access to the pool. These include pot plants, plastic chairs (both adult and child’s), and tricycles.
88% of kids 0-14yrs retrieved from pools were inadequately supervised (someone was not in the pool area). Social gatherings are a sure way to distract adults – so are mobile phones.
Kids have been retrieved after having been found head first in the water in a float ring. They are unable to right themselves. Jumping into a ring from the side of the pool can result in the child’s arms being caught and held above the head.
For every child or adolescent (0-19yrs) drowning fatality in Queensland, ten others are rescued, revived and survive. Two out of three of those survivors will be admitted to hospital.
Incidence rates associated with all drowning events in 2002-2008 (0-19yrs) showed an increasing trend. The largest proportion of this trend is associated with non-fatal drowning which increased significantly.
Pools accounted for half of all drowning events, and 43% were fatal.
4-sided pool fencing is the safest way to protect young children from drowning.
All pools must have a self-closing gate and a fence that is well-maintained. Never prop the pool gate open. Always have your child within arm’s reach when your child is in the pool.
In 2010 legislation in Queensland put laws into place that mean all pools must be listed on a Pool Register.
It was also mandatory for any property with a pool which was rented or sold would be required to be certified (by a qualified inspector) that the fence and pool surrounds were safe.
Between 2010 and 2015 a phase-in period was allowed for ALL pools in Queensland to acquire a pool fence compliance certificate by December 2015.
** Corresponding Author: Belinda Wallis
PhD Candidate / Injury Prevention Researcher
Centre for Children’s Burns & Trauma Research
University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre
Kidsafe Queensland is very pleased to announce a partnership with the Mater Mothers Brisbane to provide a professional child car restraint fitting, checking and hire service at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane. The service will begin on September 18 on Level 1 of the Hancock Street Car Park between 9.30am and 12.30pm but bookings are essential! Enter the carpark via Raymond Terrace, take a ticket and you will see the Kidsafe signs and bays directly in front of the Car Park Customer Service Centre. Tickets can be validated for free on completion of the service. Congratulations to Mater Mothers for extending the wonderful maternity services currently provided. To book go to www.kidsafeqld.com.au and click on the picture of the baby see below. Alternatively call Kidsafe on 3854 1829 for assistance in completing your booking.
Welcome to the last day of our 6 Days of Road Safety from. Tune in, share and win. Day 6: Travelling safely in cars: strategies for coping with crying, fighting and long trips.
In Australia, transport related injuries are the leading cause of death and the second most common cause of hospitalisation for children aged zero to 14 years. This includes injuries to children as passengers, pedestrians, on bicycles, skateboards and scooters.
In 2011, approximately 75 percent of children aged zero to 14 years involved in fatal transport injuries were passengers. Among this age group, zero to four year olds have shown to be at greater risk of being involved in a fatal transport incident when compared to the 10 to 14 year old group.
Drive carefully and take regular breaks as many crashes are the result of driver fatigue. Be prepared for trips and below we have some top tips to stop your children’s behaviour distracting you.
Top 5 Tips for today
1. Don’t drive tired: Being a new mum can leave you frazzled and sometimes your reactions while driving tired could be compared to those of a drunk person. If you have had a particularly bad night consider spending a day at home. You probably don’t even have the strength to get out of your dressing gown anyway!
2. Leave your phone in the boot: You can still answer with Bluetooth. These days we are automatically programmed to check the phone when that message beeps. But that split second is the same as driving with a blindfold on.
3. On long tripdress the children in loose comfortable clothing. Rear-facing babies can overheat so dress one layer less. Stop the car every hour and a half to two hours at a park so everyone can have a drink and the kids can run around and the baby wriggle on a rug. When you get back into the car and on every trip check that all child seats are secured and the kids are buckled into their harnesses with the harness at the correct shoulder height.
4. Deal with distractions with distraction Preload a CD or audio book into your car player and sing or listen together. When the going gets tough and they are bickering in the background, a DVD player and a new movie works wonders on a long trip. Get your game on and google a range of car trip games to play – eye spy, spot the red car.
5. Soft toys are ideal for baby to look at or hold but do not allow hard object even a sippy cup loose in the back seat. In a collision loose object are dangerous missiles. A crying baby that doesn’t settle with the motion of the car is too distracting so pull over in a safe spot off the road, check the baby’s harness and position in the restraint, or feed and settle the baby before driving on. Ten minutes late is better than not to arrive at all.
Answer our question to win a family pass to Australia Zoo. Tell us your top tips for coping keeping the kids busy in the car on long trips?
Winners will be announced on 11th May 2015.
This wraps up our 6 days of Road Safety Campaign. Thank you to all our sponsors:
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