Stay safe these summer holidays

The holidays are upon us and we are all looking forward to getting outside and enjoying warm weather. We need to put the safety of our families as the forefront of our minds during the holidays. The activities we enjoy and the products we purchase have risks that we all need to be aware of.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind for the safety of our loved ones.


Although trampolines appear a lot safer than a decade ago, don’t let your trampoline spring a nasty surprise. Regularly check the condition of your trampoline, and always supervise children when they use it.

Aquatic toys and pool gates

Aquatic toys and flotation devices are not safety devices and do not replace the need for supervision, regardless of a child’s age. Ensure you have the right toy for the right age and weight range.

There were 25 children aged 0-4 years old who drowned in Australia in 2020-21, and most happened in a swimming pool. Check that the locking devices on pool gates and fences work and always make sure they are engaged when children are present in your home. Check your local government laws. In the NT any new swimming pool must be fenced on a property that is 1.8 hectares or less. Read the NT pool fencing and barrier safety standards.

Life jackets

Life jackets save lives. Anyone participating in water activities like boating, canoeing or water skiing must wear a lifejacket. Check your lifejackets are up to date with your local marine safety agency requirements

Toys and button batteries

Many small toys and novelty items contain button batteries. Button batteries can cause serious injuries, and in some cases be fatal, if swallowed. Always check what batteries a toy takes and how accessible they are before purchasing.

Christmas trees and decorations

Don’t let dodgy decorations ruin your fun. Never leave lights on overnight or unsupervised. Check that all lights and decorations meet Australian standards, cords aren’t frayed or exposed, and don’t overload your power sockets.

DIY car repairs and maintenance

On average, five Australians die each year as a result of DIY car maintenance accidents. Research shows most fatalities happen when the victims are working under a vehicle and using equipment incorrectly, and many of those fatalities involve the use of vehicle jacks.

When working under your car, use a trolley jack to lift the car before lowering it onto vehicle support stands. Use vehicle support stands on a hard level surface such as concrete before working under your car. Never get under a car that is only supported by a jack, and always follow product instructions and report faulty products.

More information

For more information and follow us on social media for important updates this summer, go to the Product Safety Australia website.