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Commonly Encountered Hazards

These are some common situations where a child could face potential risk and hazards.
The accompanying responses will help to ensure a safer environment for the child or baby.

(S = Situation / R = Response)


S: Purchasing products which do not conform to recognized product safety standards and therefore do not meet all safety requirements

R: Only purchase and use products which meet product safety standards


S: Leaving a child unattended in a bath support product
R: Never leave a child unattended, even for 'a moment'. A child can slip and drown in a matter of minutes



S: Not securing a child properly in a high chair
R: Always ensure a child is securely restrained


S: Not locking or securing the brake mechanism of a stroller or pram
R: Baby carriages, especially large wheeled strollers, can move quickly away from your control. Always use brakes or restraint mechanisms



S: Leaving a baby on a change table or on a raised surface
R: Always maintain adult supervision. A child can easily roll off a raised surface. Preferably change your baby on the floor



S: Using incorrect fitting mattresses in cots
R: Gaps in cots created by ill fitting mattresses can cause suffocation. Always use the correct size mattress in household cots or portable/folding cots



S: Incorrect assembly of a product or use of the product for an inappropriate age group or size of child

R: Always ensure that the product is suitable for your child's age group and size


S: Alteration of a product in such a way as to introduce a new or unforeseen hazard to a child

R: Use only the original manufacturers components, accessories or modifications


S: Continued use of older products which may have become damaged or obsolete in terms of safety requirements

R: Regularly inspect older products for wear and integrity


S: Ignoring or not paying sufficient attention to product safety warning labels or markings

R: Warnings contain important safety and correct use messages. Ignoring them can be hazardous to your child. Always read, understand and comply with them



S: Leaving small children or infants in the care of older children or allowing small children to play with products or toys intended for older children

R: A child, no matter how mature, is not a substitute for an adult


S: Allowing children to explore unchecked as they become more mobile or inquisitive
R: Your child will want to explore many things. However, certain products, objects or situations which you may not have thought about could be extremely hazardous. Be aware of your child's surroundings.