Despite Australia’s extremes of heat, humidity and periodic severe weather events, Summer is still a favourite time of year for many, especially our kids. School holidays and our festive Christmas/New Year celebrations are held over this vibrant season but the warm weather can carry over into March and even April which enables us to enjoy trips to the beach, swimming, and otherwise embrace the great outdoors well into autumn. Summer safety is always a concern for parents and this season presents its own unique considerations.
Home safety, during summer, is a major concern considering that we are spending more time relaxing and trying to keep cool.We are also welcoming visitors into our home and keeping them safe, in an unfamiliar place, can also come with some challenges. One of the risks to focus on is fall prevention and keeping children safe around open windows. Pool and water safety, sun safety, and mitigating the risks of heatstroke are other summer concerns which every parent must be aware of and actively promote.
Summer Safety – Children and Falls
One of the most pleasant things about summer in southeast Queensland is the ability to open your home to let balmy breezes flow through. There’s nothing like that southerly change blustering through after a hot day. Having your windows open is a great way to utilse this breeze and cool down your home whilst also saving on air conditioning costs and promoting a healthier, greener environment.
Yet this also presents significant risks to your children. Without safe, secure window screens installed on all your windows, especially those openings above ground-level, kids can – and do – fall out of open windows.
According to the Queensland government report and guidelines on Deck, Balcony, and Window Safety*, children most commonly fall from windows due to:
- Furniture placed beneath openable windows
- Failure of fly screens to protect open windows
- The older, non-safety glass used for windows
According to Kids First Aid**, 350 children are killed by accidents each year in Australia, with window falls being one aspect of this. Falls are the most common cause of childhood injury overall with up to 50% of these kids’ admitted to hospital***.
Vincent Security wants to make it easy for you to keep your children safe near windows! With premium, secure window screens, like those we provide at, you can rest assured that even with your windows opened all the way, your kids will be safe. Security window screens will also help keep insects and intruders out. We have a wide range from which to choose the product that best suits your needs.
Other Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe in Summer
Sun Safety – Australia is the world’s skin cancer capital, and 50% of us will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in our lifetime. Melanoma, in particular, is deadly and even young people die from it. Most damage is done in childhood. Protect your kids from excess sun exposure, which can result in sunstroke, heatstroke, sunburn, and eventual issues such as skin ageing, eye damage, a weakened immune system, and skin cancer. Keep out of the sun in peak times (10 am-3 pm in summer in Qld), and remember to always “Slip, Slop, Slap”.
Pool and Water Safety – each year in Australia, 30 children drown at home**. Install pool fencing as per local regulations and never leave children of any age unsupervised in or around the pool. Have your children (and yourself) taught water safety and how to swim, and learn CPR. Keep climbable objects away from the pool fence, and keep the pool fence gate closed at all times. If you enjoy the beach, swim only between the flags on a patrolled beach and have your kids taught beach and surf safety.
Hot Cars – it is illegal to leave children (and pets) in a hot car, even parked in the shade and with windows cracked open. Hot cars can quickly become fatal.
Heat-related illness can occur anywhere and needs to be managed quickly. Keep your kids out of the direct sun, dress them appropriately, and provide plenty of fresh, cool water to drink. Babies and toddlers are more vulnerable to heat stress as their bodies’ natural ability for heat regulation is immature. Signs include headache, dizziness, nausea, fainting, vomiting, and unconsciousness. This is a medical emergency.
Stay Safe with Vincent Security
Install safety security window screens in the Brisbane area with Vincent Security! Owned and operated in Brisbane, we have been helping Queenslanders stay safe at home and work for more than forty years, and we are very proud to be leaders in innovative, modern security solutions that look great and deliver on our promises. Our premium quality window screens are just one of the ways we enable you to keep your family secure for utmost summer safety.