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Furniture and decor

Baby equipment & furniture

ensure they are clean, undamaged, have lead free paint and meet Australian Standards. Most baby furniture are aids for parents and not safety devices. Use harnesses and rails and lock wheels. Always use the item as its design intended.

Bedding

larger items in a cot or bed including large soft toys may cause suffocation. Small items can be inhaled causing choking. Children should not be able to fall out or get caught in gaps. Cords, ribbons or mobiles dangling into the cot can get caught around a child’s neck. Screws, bolts and latches should be out of reach.

Furniture

Kids love to climb

Home office & gym

Home offices are  becoming more commonplace and bring a variety of risks. If possible, locate your home office and/or gym in a separate, lockable room. If not, then be aware of risks associated with electricity, cords and power points. Laser pointers, guillotines, and stationery items which can cause choking should be kept on a high shelf or in lockable drawers.

Featured home safety resources

 Wherever you are in Australia, these featured resources are available nationally.

Please navigate through the subsections above to find more local or specific contacts.

National contacts

This is a brief list of organisations listed throughout the Safe section, which provide a national emergency or safety service. For specific services or to see what’s available in a local area please browse the subsections in the menu above.

000 Triple Zero emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Poisons Information

24 hour

State Emergency Services

24 hour

Translating and Interpreting Service

24 hour

State and local areas

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hour

Crime Stoppers

24 hour

Kids Help Line

24 hour

Lifeline

24 hour

Emergency contact list

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Emergency and advice

– Contacts and resources

Healthy

– Counselling

Nurtured

– Relationships

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.