Consumer Protection share a warning to all parents, before using a cot, carry out these simple safety checks. Older cots that do not meet these standards should not be used!
Keeping a baby safe is everyone’s responsibility, Consumer Protection WA have put together this informative video on what to look out for with second hand cots.
Always make sure it meets Australian Safety Standards.
Before using a cot it is important to check for the below –
- Inspect for stability
- Ensure rails are intact
- No sharp edges
- Make sure Nuts and bolts are tight and that all mechanisms are in working order
- Check that the bars, panels, mattress base and drop sides are firmly attached.
- Then check the recommended measurements of the cot. (see video)
- Check there is no risk a child can NEVER become trapped.Watch below.
Consumer Protection WA shares, Cots are supposed to be a place for babies to rest and sleep safely but Kidsafe WA reports that 51 children attended Princess Margaret Hospital in 2014/2015 with cot-related injuries.
If you buy or receive a second-hand cot, it may not meet current Australian safety standards, increasing the risk of injury to any baby placed in that cot.
This video is part of our current community education campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of second hat cots.
It is essential these safety checks are carried out to prevent injury or a tragedy.
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