HOme safety resources

Kidsafe Qld is dedicated to reducing the number and severity of unintentional child injuries through promoting child safety.

The safety of children may be effected by:

  • Unsafe environmental conditions - for example, access to dangerous items or situations that are inappropriate to the child's understanding and stage of development

  • Unsuitable activities - for example, using a pair of scissors. A small child may not be aware of the dangers involved. The activity does not match with the child’s abilities and stage of development

  • Lack of adult supervision - for example parents / carers may over-estimate their child’s abilities to cope in different situations or environments or underestimate the potential for dangers in various situations and environments to children.

Remember: children are very curious and will take every opportunity to learn and experience their environment. They can be ‘out of sight’ very quickly!


stages and ages

Each baby develops at their own pace, usually through similar stages. Understanding your baby’s development as they grow will help you gain a great deal of enjoyment from your child and help to keep them safe.

Birth - 9 months
9 - 18 months
18 months - 3 years


burns prevention

Almost 80% of serious burns and scalds to young children occur in the home. Scalds were the most common cause of burns in children followed by contact and flame burns. The kitchen being the location for half of all paediatric burns.  Last winter, 53 children were treated at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for scalds caused by hot beverages and foods including soups, stews and noodles. Always test the bath water temperature before placing your child in. A safe bath temperature is between 37-38 degrees (36 degrees for a newborn). Make sure you turn the cold tap on first and off last, to cool the spout. Children can receive serious friction burns if they come into contact with the moving belt of a treadmill. To help reduce the risk, restrict children's access to treadmills and ensure you keep the operating key out of reach. 

The correct first aid treatment for minor burns is 'Remove, Cool and Cover' - Remove any clothing or jewellery from the area (unless it is stuck to the skin), Cool the burn with cool running water for 20 minutes, Cover with a clean dressing. You should seek medical help immediately if the burn is on the on the face, hands, feet, genitals or buttocks, if it is larger than a 20 cent coin or blistered. The Australian & New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA) has provided fact sheets with permission.

Burns - including burns first aid
Burns First Aid - ANZBA
Campfire Safety - ANZBA 
Childhood Bathroom Scalds - ANZBA
Childhood Scalds - ANZBA      
Fires and Burns
Hot Ash Burns - ANZBA
Hot Noodle Burns - ANZBA
Hot Oil Burns - ANZBA
Hot Water Bottle Burns - ANZBA
Heat Pack Burns - ANZBA
Treadmill Burns - ANZBA
Wood Heater Burns - ANZBA
Vehicle Exhaust Burns - ANZBA
Bathroom Scalds 
BBQ Burns
Burns First Aid
Button Battery Awareness
Campfire Burns   Campfire Sign
Electrical Burns
Flammable Liquids
Hot Beverage Scalds
Hot Iron Burns 
Instant Noodle Burns
Motorcycle Burns
Oven Door Burns
Wood Stove Burns