Be summer safe 2022


We want you to have a safe, happy and healthy summer. Many summer products can be unsafe if they're left unattended or aren’t used properly.

To have a safe summer, follow our top tips:

Portable pools

A popular alternative to in-ground pools are portable pools, but they can be just as dangerous.

Portable pools might be a cheaper option than installing an in-ground pool, but many parents and carers don't realise the significant drowning risks and the need for fencing if the pool contains more than 30 centimetres of water.

Anyone with a portable pool should always:

  • Supervise - within arm’s reach
  • Act - learn CPR and be emergency ready.
  • Fence - pools deeper than 30cm.
  • Empty - and store safely

For more information visit the Make it safe website 

Christmas toys – button batteries and choking

In the lead up to Christmas, it’s a good idea to check that the gifts you’re giving haven’t been recalled or banned.

Also check that there are no exposed button batteries.

If swallowed, button batteries can become stuck and burn through soft tissue in just 2 hours.

  • The holidays are a great opportunity to check if any of the products in your house or the houses of your loved ones have been recalled. Check our product recalls page for the latest information.
  • If you're rushing with last minute Christmas shopping, take time to check that gifts for little ones are age appropriate and don’t pose choking hazards. Be sure to read any warning labels and follow all safety instructions.
  • Check all products in the home to see if they come with button batteries.
  • Ensure button batteries are screwed in and not easily accessible.
  • If you suspect a child has swallowed a button battery, immediately call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

Visit our button batteries page for more information


Trampolines appear to be safe, but did you know that they have been designed for only one child to use at a time?

Hundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for trampoline-related injuries such as cuts, sprains and fractures. Don’t let your trampoline spring a nasty surprise.

Follow the 5-step safety checklist to keep kids safe on trampolines:

  1. One at a time.
  2. Supervise.
  3. Safety padding.
  4. Check condition.
  5. Hazard free surrounds.

Visit our trampolines page for more information

Aquatic toys

Aquatic toys and flotation devices are not safety devices. They can also provide parents with a false sense of their child’s swimming ability.

Children who can't swim may drown if their aquatic toy fails or if they don't use it properly.

When buying or using aquatic toys, check the age and weight restrictions to ensure the products are appropriate for use. Read the warning labels and packaging carefully and follow instructions for proper assembly and use.

Aquatic toys don't replace the need for active adult supervision.

Visit our aquatic toys page for more information

Quad Bikes

Quad bikes have design features that create risks for users, particularly when used on uneven or sloped ground. Losing control of a quad bike can cause it to flip or roll over causing death or serious injury.

Due to their size and inexperience, children should never drive or be a passenger on quad bikes intended for adults.

Despite quad bikes being safer thanks to the new regulations, the safest option for children to avoid riding them altogether.

Visit our quad bikes page for more information

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