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Growth chart has the measure of common household safety hazards

11 May 2017

Parents and caregivers know as a child grows, their safety requirements grow with them, so the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is offering a free ‘Safety Wise’ growth chart outlining common household products which may cause harm to young children.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said the height chart was a good reminder for parents and caregivers to identify potential household hazards as their children grow up.

“As parents or caregivers mark their child’s height on the chart, it’s a reminder to check the house on a regular basis for any potential hazards,” Mr Bauer said.

“While button batteries and small magnets are a threat to children aged zero to three years old, nine year-olds are more likely to fall off a trampoline or a skateboard.

“The chart is another reminder to constantly be checking toys and household goods as children grow, including blind cords, bunk beds and the stability of heavy household furniture.

“Although mandatory safety standards for many children’s products help to reduce the chance of injuries, nothing beats a regular safety reminder and the close supervision of an adult.”

The OFT encourages parents and caregivers to always:

  • choose toys that are well made and meet mandatory Australian safety standards
  • check toys are age suitable
  • remember that toy size matters – children under three should not play with toys (or their parts) if they are less than 31mm in diameter
  • avoid toys with small magnets
  • be wary of long strings, as anything more than 30cm may become a choking hazard
  • secure battery compartments, being wary of products containing button batteries
  • check blind and curtain cords around the home to ensure they don’t hang too low and become a strangulation risk
  • make sure televisions and furniture, such as bookshelves, are stable and secured to the wall
  • avoid toy boxes with heavy lids.

Parents and caregivers can order a free growth chart or subscribe to the OFT’s product safety newsletter Safetyzone at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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11 May 2017

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