Children and falls at home

Falls are the most common cause of injury to children. 

For little children, falls are most likely to happen on stairs and with baby furniture such as prams, pushers and high chairs.

For older children, the cause is more likely to be associated with playground equipment, trampolines or playing sport.

How to prevent falls

Use five-point harnesses in high chairs, prams and pushers.

Install door gates and stair barriers to stop younger children and toddlers getting up or down stairs. Kidsafe NT warns against baby walkers, which can lead to falls and other injuries.

Don't have bunk beds when there are toddlers living in the house.

Don't leave young children alone on beds, couches, change tables, high chairs or playground equipment.

Teach your toddler how to climb down from beds and chairs at the same time they are learning to climb up. 

Teach children how high they can go if there is a tree they like to climb, and how to get down safely. Let them know they can only climb when an adult is present.

Make sure raised heavy items such as televisions and furniture can't fall or be pulled over.

Put impact-absorbing material under playground equipment such as swings and slides. Make sure all play equipment is in a shady place to protect children from skin cancer and burns from hot surfaces.

If possible, set trampolines into the ground. Cover the springs with absorbent padding and keep a watch over your children.

Children and fans

Make it a rule to not play on beds near ceiling fans and in areas where children can fall and be injured.

More information

For more ideas, activities and tips go to the 7 Steps to Safety page on the Department of Children and Families website.

Last updated: 26 June 2015

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