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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Media Release: Don’t Let the Fun Stop This Summer | Playground Safety Tips

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to head to the playground and park. Safekids Aotearoa and Starship Foundation want every child to be active this season and avoid unnecessary stays in hospital. 

Every day 11 children are hospitalised because of a serious fall injury. “These are not small scrapes, sprains or bruises, but injuries involving children falling and not getting up‐‐such as serious breaks, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries,” said Ann Weaver, Director of Safekids Aotearoa.

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Safekids News December 2014 is now available

In this edition:

- Don't Let the Fun Stop this Holiday Season! #FallsRuinTheFun resources and info
- Creative Quest a 'Finalist' at ADHB Health Excellence Awards
- Q&A: How to Fit 3 Carseats in the Back
- Starship Trauma Update: Scooter & Skateboard Admissions (Jan 2009-Dec 2013)
- WHO, Safe Kids WW Highlight Global Impact on Drowning
- Community events and more!

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Media Release | Spring Safety: Are You At Risk of Running Over Your Kids?

Spring is an exciting time for Kiwi families. With the cold winter months a fading memory, parents are eager to get the kids out of the house to enjoy the warmer days.

Spring however brings with it a number of injury risks—one of the most serious is driveway run over injuries.

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School Project Plan: Make sure your local playground is S.A.F.E.

We created a lesson plan that teaches students about playground safety, and a check list so kids can get involved keeping their community playground safe this summer. For Years 4-8 (Curriculum links: Technology, Health & Safety), activities include measuring and inspecting playground equipment.

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Media Release | Auckland child injury stats revealed

More than 14,800 children in the Auckland region were admitted to hospital due to preventable injuries over the past five years. Auckland Council, working with Safekids Aotearoa has provided unintentional and intentional child injury statistics for each local board area in Auckland.

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Media Release | Online Tool to Reduce Button Battery Injury Risk

Safekids Aotearoa, Energizer, Ministry of Health and Trading Standards (a unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) announced today an online tool to help emergency medical staff diagnose and treat children suspected of button battery injuries. 

Using new interactive video technology for smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, GPs, paramedics, A&M and hospital emergency department staff can easily access button battery injury diagnosis and treatment information from

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Media Release | Cold Weather Safety Tips for Kids

Whether you’re out and about braving the elements or keeping snug at home, don’t let winter fun turn into a safety hazard. Follow these cold weather safety tips from Safekids Aotearoa.

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Media Release | Medical staff awareness needed to reduce growing button battery injury risk

The Battery Controlled partnership was launched in New Zealand today to help raise awareness among parents and medical first responders, such as paramedics, practice nurses, GPs, A&M and hospital emergency department staff, on a little known issue that has serious and even fatal consequences to small children—the ingestion or insertion of powerful button batteries or coin‐ sized lithium batteries.  

When a child swallows or inserts a button battery in the nose or ears, it can get stuck in the throat, nose or ear canal. Saliva or secretions trigger an electrical current causing severe burns and tissue damage within 2 hours. This results in serious injury that may require surgery, or even the death of the child.

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