As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and a Safety Ambassador for the PLAYSAFE Program, I have met kids who have lost limbs in accidents that could have been prevented. With the weather warming up, it’s a good time to teach kids about the dangers that can come with summer, such as lawn mowers, boat motors and playing around water areas.
I encourage parents to go on a “safety walk” with their children and point out the hazards in their area. By spreading the PLAYSAFE message, children learn to spot the danger before they play, and become more conscious of potential dangers.
It only takes a split second for an accident to happen, so let’s all PLAYSAFE!
Rachel Quilty, 17