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Fall Hazards

Infant and nursery products should be designed in such a way as to prevent small children from using the footholds they need to lift themselves up onto products and risk the injuries associated with potential falls. Small children should not be able to gain access to upper bunk beds and older children should be actively discouraged from playing on them.

These products should also be structurally stable once they are assembled and in operation. Correct restraining systems should be available in products such as high chairs to ensure that the child cannot get out of the product without adult intervention.

ALWAYS

  • Look for conformance of the product with Australian Standards
  • Assemble, operate and use the product according to the manufacturer's instructions
  • Use the product's restraint system in the way recommended
  • Check the stability and integrity of the product once assembled
  • Observe your child's use of and interaction with the product
  • Use products for the age group for which they are intended

NEVER

  • Use a product which appears unstable or unsafe or has been damaged
  • Attempt to modify or alter a product in order to 'try and make it safe'
  • Assume your child will not try to get out of or over products such as high chairs or safety barriers
  • Place a small child or infant on the top bunk of a bunk bed
  • Let children play on bunk beds