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The simple fix to prevent child drownings

Swim safety ambassador and swimming coach Laurie Lawrence has called for pool owners to check their pool gates this morning on 4BC Summer Breakfast.  According to the annual Royal Life Saving Drowning Report, 12 children aged four or below died of drowning last year. Half of these deaths occurred in swimming pools. Mr Lawrence said pool gates that didn’t meet safety standards were a ‘weak link’ contributing to drownings. “That’s why at the beginning of summer, the drowning season, we’ve created ‘Check Your Pool Gate Month’,” he told Scott Emerson. Mr Lawrence recommends all pool owners check their gates have magnetic latches and TruClose hinges made of stainless steel and polymer. “Get the correct hinge, get the correct latch, and...

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RAA carry out preschool road safety lessons to tackle road trauma

A dedicated program will be delivered to the state's kindergarten children in an effort to reduce the increasing numbers of children aged five and under being hurt in road crashes, RAA revealed. The SA motor industry body's initiative was prompted after data revealed in the past decade, the number of young children injured or killed in road incidents in the state has alarmingly increased to about 50 per cent. The state government figures analysed by RAA show that 85 children were victims of road trauma in 2010 - but that number jumped to 125 last year. Tragically, in that same period, a total of 19 children lost their lives, 84 suffered serious injury and another 921 required medical treatment. RAA's...

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Car Seat Expiry Date Australia: How Long Do Car Seats Last?

How long do car seats last? Well, physically, if kept in dry conditions, out of the sun they might last many years indeed, but that doesn’t mean you should keep using them, or hand yours on to other parents, because the recommended expiration date for a car seat in Australia is 10 years. This will come as news to a lot of people who probably assumed that, not being made of milk, car seats wouldn’t have an expiry date. (Interestingly, the expiry date for car seats differs from country to country - in the US it’s just six years.) On the plus side, anyone who is still having children 10 years after they had the first one, and invested in...

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