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Australian Child Health Survey finds Australian parents disregarding safety guidelines

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A nationwide survey has found Australian parents are disregarding safety guidelines when their children are trampolining or riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.

The poll, which surveyed 2,015 parents across Australia regarding the prevention and response to childhood incidents and injuries, also identified that parents were not confident to administer first aid or CPR to a child following an incident or injury.

With summer right around the corner, parents were asked about safety behaviours relating to common children’s outdoor activities such as swimming, riding bikes, scooters and skateboards and the use of trampolines as well as their knowledge of first aid and CPR.

Key findings:

  • Over 80% of parents reported allowing more than one child at a time to jump on a trampoline,
  • More than one in three children under six are not always supervised when on a trampoline,
  • One in six children have sustained an injury while on a trampoline,
  • One in six children do not always wear a helmet when riding a bike,
  • Nearly 50% of children do not always wear a helmet when riding a scooter or skateboard,
  • More than 40% of parents do not know how to administer first aid for a drowning child, and
  • One quarter of parents to do not feel confident to administer CPR to a child.

The summer months and school holidays often mean children are spending more time playing outdoors, which remains a vital part of a healthy childhood however incidents and injuries are common.

These findings are a timely reminder for parents to be prepared to help keep their children safe. Unintentional injuries are the biggest cause of death among Australian children under 15 years, many of which could be prevented by safe supervision of play by parents and also by responding appropriately to injuries if they do occur.

For more information and access to the full report click here.

For more information about preventing injuries among children at home and play visit KidSafe WA: http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/