A new report identifies items which can cause injury to children at home.
A new report identifies items which can cause injury to children at home. Nicholas Falconer

Dangers lurk around the home

BUNK beds and baby change tables are among the hidden dangers around the home causing serious injury and death to Queensland children.

In the 2013 consumer product-related injuries in Queensland children report, prepared by QUT's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, more than 475,000 Queensland children sustained injuries requiring emergency department treatment between 2004 and 2011.

The lead author of the report, Dr Kirsten McKenzie said consumer products were a significant cause of child injury.

"The aim of this report is to highlight the dangers associated with consumer products that are commonplace around the home and look at ways to improve their safety," Dr McKenzie said.

"We found that the proportion of injuries related to a consumer product steadily decreases with age with a marked drop from the age of six years onwards.

"What this shows is that children up to six years of age are at most risk of injury around the home and therefore products used by children must be assessed for safety."

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The worst offenders were prams and strollers, cots, high chairs and baby change tables as well as bunk beds, trampolines, and magnets.

On average almost 300 children a year required emergency department treatment for injuries related to bunk beds, with four to six-year-olds most commonly hurt.

Dr McKenzie said there were almost 100 injuries a year relating to falls from baby change tables and one in five toddlers presenting to an emergency department after such injuries were hospitalised.

Read the full report at bit.ly/ZqKXeM.

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