With the school holidays just around the corner, Queenslanders planning a getaway to enjoy the State’s great weather and popular tourist attractions are being reminded of some important safety tips to ensure their break is accident free.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said there were some basic safety trips all holidaymakers should be aware of.
“Whether you are doing a road trip out west, heading to an eco-cabin in the rainforests of Far North Queensland or holidaying on the Gold Coast, do some quick checks when you arrive at your accommodation,” she said.
“Bunk beds are a popular feature in family accommodation, so make sure the top bunk has guard rails around all four sides.
“Check that the ladder is secure and there are no gaps that could potentially trap a child’s head.
“And remember that children should never jump or play on a bunk bed, especially the top bunk.
“Large pieces of furniture including televisions, bookshelves and drawers may not look dangerous, but if they’re not secured to the wall they could topple onto a child and cause serious injuries.
“Don’t put tempting objects on top of heavy furniture, including toys, feeding bottles or remote controls, as children will often try to climb up to get them, causing the furniture to fall.”
The Attorney-General said holidaymakers should also be vigilant when using a portable cot.
“If you are using a portable cot, ensure the sides are locked in place, there is no torn or broken mesh, and that it complies with mandatory Australian safety standard AS/NZS 2195 – the standards label should be printed on the product.
“Never put extra mattresses or add extra bedding or toys in the cot.
“Blind and curtain cords could also strangle and choke small children, so keeping these out of reach is vital. Check that beds, cots and other furniture are not close enough for your child to reach these cords.
“Also keep in mind the temperature of running water coming out of hot water taps may not be the same as you are used to at home.
“Modern installations should comply with requirements that the hot water coming out of the tap is not higher than 50C.
“However, if you are staying somewhere with an older system their water may come out much hotter than you, or your children, are used to.
“Always supervise your children around water including baths, pools, and spas.”