Safekids News September 2015 Now Available

Safekids News September 2015 Now Available

In the latest edition of Safekids News (September 2015):

  • New Driveway Safety Campaign for Spring, Summer
  • FREE Child Poisoning Infographic/ Poster
  • Trauma Update: Driveway Run Over Admissions, 2010-2015
  • Advocacy Matters: Driveway Run Over Definition and Risk factors
  • Safekids Aotearoa Wins @ PREVCON
  • Hawke's Bay DHB: Leading the Way for Safe Sleep Promotion
  • PLUS: Local injury prevention news, safety resources community events and more!

Click here to download the latest edition of Safekids News.

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Infographic: Mistaken Identity (Child Poisoning Infographic in NZ)

This infographic shows how easy it is for children to confuse medicines with foods and chemicals. It presents figures on causes and routes to exposure. It also lists the top ten substances as reported to the National Poisons Centre.

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Product recall: phil&teds for a teddy bear

A recall is being undertaken by phil&teds for a teddy bear given away to children who were patients at Wellington, Christchurch and Waikato Hospitals between 2010 and 2015. The bear’s fuzz may come loose and/or the seam may split exposing the filling material posing a potential choking hazard. For more information see the phil&teds website notice or download the recall notice

Children should STOP USING their ‘phil&teddy’ Teddy Bear and parents should DISPOSE of the bear.

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Media Release | New Zealand’s Child Injury Stats Revealed

Close to 40,000 children in New Zealand were admitted to hospital due to preventable injuries over a five year period (2008-2012).

Safekids Aotearoa has created infographics of recent unintentional and intentional child injury statistics available for each DHB area in the country.

As a nation, the majority or 97% of all child hospital admissions were classified as ‘unintentional Injuries’ – these include incidents such as motor vehicle crashes, falls and drowning. This is in contrast to assaults (1%) or self-harm (1%).

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Safekids News June 2015 is now available

Safekids News June 2015 is now available

In the latest edition of Safekids News (June 2015):

- New Zealand Celebrates Road Safety Week.

- UN, WHO's 10 Strategies for Road Safety.

- Trauma Update: Poisoning Related Admissions.

- Q&A: What are the leading causes of child 'unintentional' injury in NZ?

- 'Kunekune' Stories Helping Kids Travel Safely.

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4-10 May is the United Nations Global Road Safety Week NZ 2015 and Safekids Aotearoa invites you to show your support by participating in the UN Declaration signature and “selfie/ safie’ challenge and have a chance to win a $200 school stationery voucher.

Support the UN Declaration and have a chance to win a $200 school stationery voucher by either:

  • Asking adults in your school, family or community to read and sign the UN Global Road Safety Signature Poster attached—the school with the most signatures wins.
  • Take creative  #SAFIEs (Road safety “selfies”) using the signboard attached and post it on—the school with the most creative safie wins.
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Media Release | Road Safety Week: 7 Strategies to #SaveKidsLives


Communities across New Zealand will be marching for kids’ safety as part of UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 (4-10 May), to help #SaveKidsLives and prevent children and young people being killed and injured on NZ roads.

On average 19 children are killed each year and 270 are hospitalised after a motor vehicle traffic crash in New Zealand. Many of them are pedestrians, cyclists or car passengers travelling to and from school.

Around the world more than 500 children are killed every day as a result of road traffic crashes.

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Safekids News March 2015 is now available

Safekids News March 2015 is now available

In the latest edition of Safekids News (March 2015):

- Celebrities, Communities Get Behind #FallsRuinTheFun

- The Cost of Falls: $45 Million a Year

- Starship Trauma Update: Summer Injury Admissions

- Q&A: Should Kids Ride Quad Bikes?

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Media Release: Get a Jump on Trampoline Safety

There’s probably nothing that’s more fun in summer than jumping on a trampoline in the backyard. It’s a great way to encourage kids to exercise and helps them to develop confidence, balance and coordination. 

Trampoline-related injuries are however a serious issue. “More than 300 children are hospitalised every year, mostly during the summer months. The most common were fractures (83%) and injuries to the head and lower limbs,” said Ann Weaver, Director of Safekids Aotearoa.

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Media Release: Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s

Media Release: Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s

Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age.

The Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) report ‘Child and youth mortality from motorcycle, quad bike and motorised agricultural vehicle use’ looked into 33 child deaths caused by off road motor vehicles from 2001-2012. This includes 12 deaths caused by quad bikes. 

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