Your child will start to become increasingly independent from you and home. Now is the time to start giving simple safety messages to your child about what is and isn't safe.

To help reduce the risks of your child hurting themselves, the following checklists may help:

Home safety

  • medicines, household cleaners and garden poisons are locked away

  • sharp knives and scissors are out of sight and reach

  • the hot-tap water temperature is no more than 50 degrees celsius

  • lighters and matches are away and out of sight and reach

  • your child has a responsible person over 14 years of age watching them while in the bath and around water.

Out & about

  • any car seat is suitable for your child's weight and size is always used

  • discuss simple road safety messages with your child and they are supervised at all times around traffic

  • your child's play area is fenced and away from the driveway

  • swimming/spa pool fencing complies with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act

  • your child uses a sunscreen and hat and that they are encouraged to play in the shade.  The Cancer Society recommends sun protection when the UV Index is 3 or higher. This occurs from September to the beginning of April, especially between 10am and 4pm, even on cloudy/cooler days.

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