6 tips to keeping your family safe around animals

Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:10 am
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CEO of Kidsafe WA Scott Phillips joins JD on the Morning Show to keep us informed on children’s safety around animals and farms.

Pets can be a great addition to any family and offer a range of health benefits. When choosing a pet, think about your family’s lifestyle, level of activity, space and time available. Discuss your choice with the RSPCA, a vet, breeder or trainer before purchasing an animal.

While all children can be at risk of injury from animals, children under 5 are most vulnerable.

Obedience training is a vital part of a responsible pet ownership, however, regardless of careful pet selection and training, animals can still be unpredictable. Supervision of children around pets and other animals is crucial.

Why are children at risk?

While all children can be at risk of injury from an animal, children under 5 are most vulnerable. There are a number of factors that leave young children exposed to injuries from animals. They include:

  • Small size
  • Instability and developing balance
  • Inquisitive nature and inability to assess risk
  • Still developing an awareness of self (pressure of touch, the loudness of voice)
  • Lack of knowledge of how to behave around animals

Download the Kidsafe WA Children and animal safety factsheet for 6 tips on how to keep your family safe around animals.


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