27 June 2014
For immediate release
Plunket: keep kiwi kids safe this winter
With the cold weather now here across the country, Plunket are reminding families to be alert to the dangers from heaters, fireplaces and other sources of winter warmth. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor says keeping babies and young children warm and safe is always a priority for families. “Burns from heaters and fires are a real danger for children.
Western Springs resident Mary Hall has been recognised for her outstanding volunteer service to Plunket in the Minister of Health’s Volunteer Awards this year. Over 40 years of dedication saw Mary receive the Long Service Award, presented by the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall at Middlemore hospital last Friday. “I never thought I would receive an award like this; for me it has never been about recognition for doing something I love – and Plunket has become such a big part of my life” Mary said.
Tuesday 17 June is the launch date of the Tick for Kids community coalition, of which Plunket is a member. Tick for Kids aims to make sure children’s rights, and interests are a central focus in the lead up to the 2014 election and into the next parliament. Plunket urges political parties to prioritise children’s access to good quality health services, housing, education and welfare to ensure every child has what they need to live a safe, happy and fulfilled life.
Volunteer Awareness Week (15-21 June) is a chance to acknowledge and thank over a million New Zealanders who give their time and skills to make a difference in their communities every year. “Plunket was founded 107 years ago by people who wanted to help others in their communities”, says Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark. “Today we have thousands of hard working, selfless people who give of their time, knowledge, skills and energy.
A reminder with winter now here it is important to keep your baby warm and safe in their sleeping environment. Here are some things to look out for this winter.
Keeping baby’s room at a safe temperature:
Air the mattress at every opportunity when baby is out of bed.