Written by Lauren Ziegler:
In recent weeks, there has been a significant rise in media attention towards window safety in apartment buildings, following an inquest into a number of injuries and tragic incidents involving children falling out of window openings. Over 2011 and 2012, it is believe that upwards of 40 children were hospitalised falling out of windows. And that’s just in New South Wales.
Proposed regulation states that over the next five years, window locks will be a required addition to all windows above a first floor, with openings larger than 12.5 cm. Preventative measures such as these are fantastic steps forward for child safety and maintaining security in the family home. Hopefully, with the changes will bring further education and reminders to all parents about the importance of not only angers outside the home – but those inside, and indeed, in their perimeters.
This is one of the rare instances in modern society, in which there has been unanimous support and applaud in favour of this move, from strata management companies, homeowners, the leadership opposition, as well as countless community and parenting groups throughout the state. It cannot come soon enough – the five year installation period really should be far smaller. It is a matter or life and death. Whilst there can be no law specifying how far one can open a window, such an important issue should be left up to the responsibility and common sense of the parent or carer watching the child, combined with the additional aid of the window locks, to prevent accident.
Many parents believe that fly screens can prevent children from falling out, but sometimes they can be removed or snapped off. Especially as a child grows – the above statistic refers to children aged 9 and below – by this time, they can be heavy enough to push out a fly screen. The locks can add extra safety that fly screens cannot, and are far sturdier, especially when made of brass or other metals.
The importance of such a small addition to household safety cannot be underestimated, and we can only hope that the new rules will be implemented and followed as quickly as possible, to prevent further injuries, fatal or otherwise.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are proud supporters of this great change for the better, and have provided a list of guidelines for preventing children falling from windows and balconies: click here for more information.
Solutions for busy mums….the Dreambaby retractable gate, for more information, click here
See what the Beauty and Lace online magazine had to say about the Dreambaby Essentials Grooming Kit
Recent times has seen children falling from windows resulting in serious injuries and in some cases even death!
The New South Wales Government has introduced new rules requiring window safety locks in high rise buildings, in an effort to prevent children falling from open windows.
Click on link for full story: Window safety lock rules protect children
No. When products are used correctly, they can be wonderful aids to help reduce hazards and injury around the home. They are never a replacement for proper adult supervision. No child should ever be left unattended in any potentially hazardous situation or room such as kitchen, bathroom, near running water, unlocked windows and so forth. It is the responsibility of the parents and carers to maintain the safety of their child and prevent access to hazards within the home or when out and about. It is important to remember that it is every parents’ responsibility to ensure their child’s safety. And remember, babies and toddlers must not be left in the care of other children.
Safety products should all be regularly checked for damage, wear and anything which could lower the efficiency of the product.
Dreambaby® has a range of thermometers which can be used for water, room, and child. We have a rapid response thermometer which is very handy to have at home in case your child becomes ill. It can often be very difficult to hold a child still with a thermometer under their arm for a long time whilst waiting for it to measure their temperature. It works in under 10 seconds. Great for adults too. We also have dual action room and bath thermometers, with large digital displays, these thermometers are advised for children and the elderly.
Practical Parenting, Australia’s No.1 Magazine for Parents
There are a number of recommended methods and cleaning agents which can be used to remove adhesive products from surfaces, without any residue or scratching. The cheapest method is using tea tree or eucalyptus oil, which gently rubs off any remaining adhesive product, without tarnishing the surface. Many supermarkets and DIY stores also sell products specifically for removing sticky, adhesive product. NB: prior to using, test remover on an obscure ‘out of site’ spot on the furniture to confirm there will be no damage.
To remove the taped pressure mounted gates – mounting cups put a tiny drop of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree oil or adhesive solvent to soak into the tape. After a number of minutes allowing it to sink in, try gently pulling the mounting cup only a little distance from the wall, more oil may be required. Then gently twist as you pull it the rest of the way. It will depend on what surface the cups have been attached to, but generally little or no damage should be seen on the finish.