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Cots - Household

Design Features
  • Solid and stable construction
  • All components in working order
  • Meets Australian Standards (latest standard was published in 2003)
  • Cots older than 7 years may meet latest standards
  • Only use close fitting mattress (see cot manufacturer's recommendation stamped on the cot's mattress base)
Hazards to be aware of
  • Falls: (minimum distance from mattress to top rail should be 500mm)
  • Entrapment: (Unsafe gaps are between 5-12mm [finger]; limb entrapment between 30-50mm; and above 90mm is a head entrapment and fall through hazard)
  • Strangulation: No protrusions or snags (not more than 5mm)
  • Suffocation: Mattress firm and not capable of forming indentations
Environment
  • Not to be used close to blind/curtain cords
  • No bumpers
  • No pillows, as they can create suffocation hazard
  • No doonas
  • Mobiles not to be used when children move about
  • No mosquito nets that can be accessed by child within the cot

USE ONLY THE MATTRESS SUPPLIED OR RECOMMEND BY THE MANUFACTURER. INCORRECT MATTRESSES CAN CAUSE DEATH