Safety Warning After Girl 6, Died Playing With Skipping Ropes
Parents urged to avoid clothing that could become entangled around the neck.
Parents are being urged to take extra care with child safety in the home after the death of a six year old girl who was strangled by her own skipping rope.
Between 2000 and 2010 in Australia 13 children died by accidental strangulation from cords, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
But it was a case in the U.K. earlier this week that focused attention on these preventable deaths.
A coroner ruled 6-year-old Daisy Dymyd died from accidental strangulation in her own bedroom while playing with skipping ropes.
Daisy tied the skipping ropes together and had put them over a curtain rail, before somehow becoming entangled and suffocating.
Her mother had been downstairs cleaning for just half-an-hour before she found her daughter.
In 2014, windows and blind cords were thrust in the spotlight following the deaths of two Sydney toddlers within days of each other.
Both had become entangled in cords in their homes -- one while sleeping in her cot.
In 2012, a 6-year-old Victorian girl died in a Bairnsdale backyard after becoming entangled in a skipping rope while playing a on a swing set.
Following the deaths of the two toddlers in 2014, Kidsafe NSW and Fair Trading developed a safety kit that was distributed to 10,000 homes around the state.
The kits were distributed free-of-charge to retrofit homes that did not meet modern child safety standards, Kidsafe spokeswomen Christine Erskine told ten daily.
States around the country also campaigned for parents to check their homes for unsafe cords and stop these preventable deaths, with some also providing safety packs.
But it isn’t just the safety in the home that’s the concern.
There is a preconceived notion that playgrounds in public areas or at educational services will be safe, but this is not always the case, Kay Lockhart, Kidsafe Manager of Playground Advisory Unit told ten daily.
Parents should also pay particular attention to their child's clothing, with school's and educational services also bearing responsibility.
"Having clothing policies, so there are no scarves, or clothes with drawstrings and toggles." Lockhart said.
"Sometimes it's even looking at children's hair, so if they've got long hair, sometimes that needs to be pulled back because that gets caught in small spaces."
It is important to always check the playground for possible hazards and removing them, as playground operators may not perform maintenance duties as expected, she said.
"Get down on the ground, look at the child's eye-level. Sometimes you can't see the dangers because you're looking down on them," Lockhart said.
"The key message is supervision, knowing what your child is doing, showing them how to play, or getting in a playing with them.
"We often say interaction is better than supervision."
Tips On How To Protect Your Child
Kidsafe passed on some tips to ten daily on how parents can protect their kids while playing.
- Supervision -- step back, but always be aware of what your child is doing.
- Show your child how to play safely, interact as they play.
- Get down on your knees -- this allows parents to see dangers at the same eye-level as children.
- Check clothing -- avoid scarves, clothing with toggles that can get caught on play equipment, hats with cords and any clothing that could wrap around the child's neck.
- Buy clothing that has safety mechanisms that prevent strangulation.
- Be aware of long hair -- pull it back so it can't get trapped in small spaces.