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 www.TheBatteryControlled.co.nz.

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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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Dark Days: Driveway Safety Reminders for Autumn, Winter

Safekids Aotearoa reminds parents of toddlers and young children to be extra vigilant around driveways during these shorter days and longer nights. 

“While driveway run overs happen more frequently during spring and summer, it can also easily happen during autumn and winter when it gets dark earlier,” said Ann Weaver, Director of Safekids Aotearoa.

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Media Release | Consider the safety of children this Children’s Day

First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1954, Children's Day was created to encourage all countries to institute a day to initiate action that will benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children. In New Zealand Children's Day is officially held on the1st Sunday of March.

Safekids Aotearoa and the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) – which operates under the umbrella of the Health Quality & Safety Commission – are encouraging families to celebrate the occasion by assessing how safe their children are at home, on the road, around moving vehicles, and in the presence of alcohol.

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