Summer safety is simple
Summer and the so-called “silly season” can often see safety take a backseat but a simple one-stop-safety-shop for consumers is set to offer important product safety information for consumers this Christmas.
The Government’s product safety reminders come as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launches its “Safe Summer” campaign.
As we turn our minds to toys, stocking fillers and the all-important Christmas lunch, product and food safety is more important than ever which is why Australians should remain cautious and safe over Christmas and the Aussie summer.
When preparing this year’s Christmas lunch or dinner make sure adequate precaution is taken when handling and preparing food. Don’t leave the roast turkey or ham on the bench for hours at room temperature and turn back for another helping hours later. The risk to you and your family isn’t worth it.
Year after year the ACCC sees a range of consumer products which are used more frequently during the summer months and festive season, where sadly, instances of consumer injury – or even worse – can ruin this happy time for Australian families.
Popular summer activities such as riding quad bikes, swimming in portable pools and getting up on ladders to hang Christmas decorations can cause serious injury, illness and even death if products are used unsafely. People should enjoy themselves while on holidays but take extra care.
As Christmas toys for children are top-of-mind and this year’s must-have consumer products adorn the wish lists of children across the country, now is the time to read the label and ensure the age-appropriateness of gifts – especially those with small parts – and to be vigilant with cheap products.
Portable backyard swimming pools tragically claimed the lives of 11 children aged younger than five in the 2015-16 year. Even in a small portable pool which contains very little water, drowning or permanent brain injury can easily occur. Parents should exercise extreme caution.
Smaller pools should be emptied after use and stored appropriately after use. Always store portable pools safely away from young children and ensure the pool cannot fill with rain water or water from sprinklers.
Caution should also be taken around dams or waterways on farms and also when operating machinery or quad bikes. Tragically, seven Aussies have died from quad bike accidents this year with hundreds of other injuries reported. Always wear a helmet, protective clothing and children should be supervised at all times.
Ladders are another common household item which can be the cause of the serious injury or harm with many people pulling them out of the shed to clear gutters or hang Christmas decorations this time of year.
Ladders are commonly used around the home over holidays for those DIY tasks but it’s often the split-second decision or risky shortcut that results in a fall which can result in injury.
Christmas and the summer is a very exciting and special time of the year, and ensuring your own safety is as simple as it is critical over the coming weeks and months.
Take the time to read the label and the instructions, check the ACCC’s website and help make these holidays happy ones for you, your family, friends and loved ones.
Further product safety information, including on specific products, is available at the ACCC’s website.