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Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017

Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017

Posted in: NewsEvery year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year. See snapshot of key findings below or download full report.

OVERALL

  • 291 people drowned in Australian waterways between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017
  • This year's figure of 281 drowning deaths is an increase of 9 drowning deaths (or 3%) on the 282 drowning deaths recoreded in 2015/16
  • This is also an increase of 10 deaths (or 4%) on the 10 year average of 281 drowning deaths

 

SEX AND AGE GROUP

  • 214 (74%) drowning deaths were male
  • 77 (26%) drowning deaths were female
  • 29 (10%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 0-4 years
  • 12 (4%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 5-14 years
  • 43 (15%) drowning deaths occurred in people aged 25-34 years
  • 70 (24%) drowning deaths occurred in people aged 65 years and over

 

STATE AND TERRITORY

  • 93 (32%) drowning deaths occurred in New South Wales
  • 73 (25%) drowning deaths occurred in Queensland
  • 45 (15%) drowning deaths occurred in Victoria
  • 42 (14%) drowning deaths occurred in Western Australia

 

LOCATION AND ACTIVITY

  • 68 (23%) drowning deaths occurred at rivers, creeks and streams
  • 50 (17%) drowning deaths occurred at beaches
  • 46 (16%) drowning deaths occurred in ocean / harbour locations
  • 73 (25%) were swimming and recreating immediately prior to drowning
  • 46 (16%) drowned as a result of falls into water
  • 37 (13%) were boating immediately prior to drowning

 

Click here to download Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017

 
 
Toddler drownings in backyard pools: gates are the problem

Toddler drownings in backyard pools: gates are the problem

Posted in: NewsToddler drownings in backyard pools: gates are the problem

Faulty gates are the major cause of toddler drownings in backyard pools in Australia according to KidsAlive founder Laurie Lawrence.

KidsAlive is a drowning prevention organisation founded by Lawrence following his retirement as an Australian Olympic swimming coach almost 30 years ago.

Says Lawrence: “While we advocate our ‘Do The Five’, which is five key ways to protect toddlers around pools – fencing, gates, learning to swim, supervision and resuscitation – it’s worth bringing to people’s attention the underlying problems related to pool gates. We can do much better when it comes to safeguarding gates.”

Citing a 2015 report into backyard child drownings by a team convened and supported by the NSW Ombudsman, the soberingly-named Child Death Review Team, Laurie Lawrence said: “Part of the report explained that out of 32 fenced pools that were investigated during one period almost all had one or more faults that could potentially allow a child to access the pool area.

“Almost all of the pools had reported faults with the pool gate or latch mechanism, which, in most cases, meant that gate did not self-close. Issues included no self-closing mechanism and damaged latch mechanisms. A faulty gate or latch mechanism was identified as the child’s likely access point to the pool area in 21 cases. That’s terrible…and preventable.”

According to Lawrence, another common and annoying problem with pool gates is that they are often propped open by older children and adults, providing unauthorized toddler access to the pool area. This, he says, opens up the dangerous pool to inquisitive tots, whose entry into the pool is mostly “silent”, providing almost no notification to parents and carers.

At a media event conducted by Laurie Lawrence and KidsAlive in the Sydney suburb of Mosman on January 24, 2017, Lawrence told the assembled television and print journalists that nothing can replace adult supervision when it comes to protecting toddlers around pools. But he was quick to highlight a new Australian innovation that will contribute significantly to the safety and efficacy of pool gates.

“I’ve long been a supporter of the Australian-made MagnaLatch magnetic pool gate latch,” Lawrence said. “It was a game changer when it came out over 20 years ago, and I know it has saved many, many lives during that time. And the people behind the latch, D&D Technologies, have long been a supporter of KidsAlive and all that we do.

“But the clever people at D&D, frustrated by these ongoing issues with pool gates, have just released a MagnaLatch with built-in alarms! They’ve called it the MagnaLatch ALERT, because every time a gate is entered a single, distinctive beep sounds, notifying parents that someone is entering their pool area.

“If the gate is held open for more than 15 seconds the alarm siren will ramp up, and so the gate has to be closed – latched – to stop the alarm. I think this is a remarkable breakthrough for child safety in Australia and around the world. It’s a combined latch and alarm in one convenient unit, and it simply screws on to your gate.”

Laurie Lawrence said that with new technology being developed that will make a critical difference to pool gate safety, pool owners should take every step possible to make their backyard pool safe for all children.

He says he and other drowning prevention advocates in Australia had made great inroads into lowering backyard drownings over the past 30 years.

“Since the year 2000 toddler drownings in backyard pools in Australia have dropped from an unthinkable 63 deaths per year to 21 in 2015-16. That’s a great result, but 21 is still too many – and every one of those deaths is ultimately preventable. Twenty one kids is still a bus load of kids, and the very thought of them and their families is what drives me day in, day out.”

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For more information on child drowning, KidsAlive or MagnaLatch ALERT contact Laurie Lawrence on 0412 516 430

 
 
Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016

Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016

Posted in: NewsEvery year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year. See snapshot of key findings below or download full report.

OVERALL

  • 280 people drowned in Australian waterways between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016
  • This year's figure of 280 drowning deaths is an increase of 13 drowning deaths (or 5%) on the 267 drowning deaths recoreded in 2014/15
  • This is a reduction of 2 deaths on the 10 year average of 282 drowning deaths

 

SEX AND AGE GROUP

  • 231 (83%) drowning deaths were male
  • 49 (17%) drowning deaths were female
  • 21 (8%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 0-4 years
  • 11 (4%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 5-14 years
  • 52 (19%) drowning deaths occurred in people aged 25-34 years
  • 58 (21%) drowning deaths occurred in people aged 65 years and over

 

STATE AND TERRITORY

  • 96 (34%) drowning deaths occurred in New South Wales
  • 66 (24%) drowning deaths occurred in Queensland
  • 43 (15%) drowning deaths occurred in Victoria
  • 37 (13%) drowning deaths occurred in Western Australia

 

LOCATION AND ACTIVITY

  • 63 (23%) drowning deaths occurred at beaches
  • 58 (21%) drowning deaths occurred at rivers, creeks and streams
  • 53 (19%) drowning deaths occurred in ocean / harbour locations
  • 74 (26%) were swimming and recreating immediately prior to drowning
  • 46 (16%) were boating immediately prior to drowning
  • 39 (14%) drowned as a result of falls into water

 

Click here to download Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016

 
 
World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

Posted in: Articles,NewsWorld Alzheimer's Day is on September 21, 2016

Posted: September 14, 2016

Australian company offers an ideal aged-care facility security product.

The facts*:

  • September 21, 2016, is World Alzheimer’s Day.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
  • There are about 354,000 Australians living with dementia.
  • Each week, there are more than 1,800 new cases of dementia in Australia.
  • Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and there is no cure.
  • Worldwide there are more than 46.8 million people with dementia, with 131.5 million predicted by 2050
  • Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians aged 65 years or older

* Source: Alzheimer’s Australia

 

It’s no secret: our population is increasing, we’re living longer, and more and more of us will ultimately turn to Australia’s aged-care system, services and infrastructure for assistance in our old age.

The care and security of our ageing population has become a major priority for the aged-care system. While 3% of people aged between 65 and 74 are thought to have dementia, studies alarmingly reveal that some 43% of people in permanent residential aged care in the same age group had a diagnosis of dementia.

The Australian Government spend $14.8 billion on aged-case services during 2013-14. The care, housing and security of the elderly is proving increasingly costly and more problematic. People with dementia and Alzheimer’s in aged-care facilities and residential care become “flight risks” in that they tend to wander. Entrance, perimeter and even inter-facility security points are being challenged by dementia sufferers.

Australian company D&D Technologies, which made its name in the child gate safety business, namely swimming pool and childcare centre gates, believes it has come up with the ultimate gate latch for aged-care facilities and for home-care situations. For more than 25 years D&D has been refining and improving its renowned MagnaLatch® Magnetic Safety Gate Latch, but early in 2016 it announced the world’s first and only combined gate latch and electronic alarms– the MagnaLatch® ALERT. The MagnaLatch® ALERT comes in two models – one for child safety gates (e.g. swimming pools and childcare centres) and another model for gates around homes, aged-care facilities, yards, gardens and perimeter areas.

This new latch-alarm device offers a dual alarm system of flashing LED lights (safety you can see) and an audible alarm (safety you can hear). It’s the perfect solution for when carers can’t turn their backs for a second.

Many an elderly patient or dementia sufferer will challenge the security of their safe haven, and with this in mind the new ALERT latches are thoughtfully designed so that upon each entry or exit of a gate a single beep is heard. This notifies carers or property owners whenever someone enters or exits a gate.

If a gate is left or held open a second beep will be heard after 10 seconds. It’s only after 15 seconds of the gate being open and unlatched that the alarm siren begins to ramp up and LED lights begin to flash, providing carers and owners with visual and audible alerts, even from inside the facility or home.

Former Australian Olympic swimming coach and child water safety advocate, Laurie Lawrence, has had a long association with D&D Technologies and its Australian-made products. Says Lawrence: “I was mightily impressed with the first MagnaLatch when it came out over 20 years ago. But to see this new model of MagnaLatch ALERT, with built-in electronic alarms, represents an entirely new level of safety and peace-of-mind for homeowners, parents and carers. This is a major breakthrough for all types of safety gates.”

The best news is the ease with which the new latch-alarm system is installed. The electronic alarms are powered by an integrated, replaceable battery, so there’s no need for wiring, electricians or special tools. By simply screwing the latch onto the gate/fence the owner gains both a safety gate latch and an alarm system!

In 2015 the ground-breaking features of the MagnaLatch® ALERT were recognised with an Australian ‘Good Design Award’, now an internationally recognised award for innovative products.

In addition to all the alarm features of the new latch, and like all regular MagnaLatches, the ALERT models feature magnetically-triggered latching, key lockable security (rekeyable by a locksmith to match house doors), a visible Locked/Unlocked indicator, and a high degree of horizontal and vertical adjustment to ensure ongoing performance.

D&D Technologies’ Marketing Director, Justin Francis, says: “Not only does the MagnaLatch® ALERT notify that a gate is not closed and secure, but more importantly it warns that the gate is not properly latched. Until the latching mechanism is engaged, the alarms will flash and sound, even on fences where the gate may appear to be closed and safe. So this product is really an ‘unlatched’ alarm system, which is unique. We’re talking about what must surely be the safest gate latch in the world.”

The two models of the new MagnaLatch® ALERT are the tall ‘Top Pull’ model for swimming pool and other child safety gates, and the shorter ‘Vertical Pull’ model for front, side, perimeter and pet gates.

All product mounting screws, instructions, alarm battery and an Owner’s Manual are supplied standard.

The MagnaLatch® ALERT is available at Bunnings, other good hardware stores, or your local fencing contractor. SRP $195.


 
D&D Technologies is fully Australian owned, and all products are Australian made. All of D&D’s high-tech gate hardware latches and hinges carry a Lifetime Warranty. The electronic alarm unit of the MagnaLatch® ALERT carries a 2-Year Warranty.

For technical product information contact D&D Technologies (02) 9454 7888, or at sales@ddtech.com.au. Or visit http://au.ddtechglobal.com/
 

Further media enquiries:
Contact Justin Francis or Phil Doyle at D&D Technologies Pty Ltd. 
Phone (02) 9454 7800 or 0413 834 105. Or email jfrancis@ddgroup.com.au
 
 
 
Gates and Fences are Critical for Protecting Your Pets – MagnaLatch ALERT

Gates and Fences are Critical for Protecting Your Pets – MagnaLatch ALERT

Posted in: NewsWho (won’t) let the dogs out?

Gates and fences are critical for protecting your pets: Australian company offers an ideal aged-care facility and home security product.

Pets, pets, pets… What is it about pets that so captivates the average human? We treat our precious, furry loved-ones almost better than our fellow man – certainly better than some of our inlaws.

Both the wealthy and the battler seem to make room for the love and expense of a pet. We give them the best beds and the warmest places to sleep. We buy them toys and treats. We give them their favourite foods and attend to their every health issue – vaccinations, wormings, yearly check-ups, even operations. Our pets are “family” after all.

People of all ages love pets, everyone from children, busy families, empty-nesters, and of course the elderly and retired. Animal safety is a growth business in today’s busy and security-conscious world, and while dogs should be able to enjoy the outdoors and play in the yard or garden, it’s important to have the right fencing, gates and gate hardware in place so that all is safe and sound.

One problem area for pet owners, notably dog owners, is the issue of yard and perimeter security. Of particular note is the issue of faulty gates, gate latches and gate hinges. Every year in many parts of Australia and the world countless dogs escape the sanctuary of home and are killed or injured by passing traffic. Dogs can even drown in backyard swimming pools – it happens more often than you think – but it’s not something considered by many dog owners.

Australian company D&D Technologies believes it has come up with the ultimate gate latch for dogs and other pets. For more than 25 years D&D has been refining and improving its world-famous MagnaLatch® Magnetic Safety Gate Latch, but early this year it announced the world’s first and only combined gate latch and electronic alarm – the MagnaLatch® ALERT. The MagnaLatch ALERT comes in two models – one for child safety gates (e.g. swimming pools and childcare centres) and another model for gates around homes, animal compounds, yards, gardens and perimeters.

These new latch-alarm devices offer a dual alarm system of flashing LED lights (safety you can see) and an audible alarm (safety you can hear). It’s the perfect solution for when you can’t turn your back for a second.

When it comes to protecting dogs for example, it’s one thing to know your dogs are safely behind a fence in the home or yard environment, but what about when unexpected or carefree visitors (think couriers, telco salespeople, cold-callers, touters, teenagers) enter a gate and potentially leave it open or accidentally or carelessly “let the dogs out”?

The ALERT latches are thoughtfully designed so that upon each entry or exit of a gate a single beep is heard. This notifies property or pool owners whenever a child, family, friend, neighbour or even intruder enters or exits a gate.

If the gate is left open, a second beep will be heard after 10 seconds. It’s only after 15 seconds of the gate being open and unlatched that the alarm siren begins to ramp up and LED lights begin to flash, providing owners with visual and audible alerts, even from inside the house.

Former Australian Olympic swimming coach and child water safety advocate, Laurie Lawrence, has had a long association with D&D Technologies and its Australian-made products. Says Lawrence: “I was mightily impressed with the first MagnaLatch when it came out over 20 years ago. But to see this new model of MagnaLatch ALERT, with built-in electronic alarms, represents an entirely new level of safety and peace-of-mind for homeowners, parents and carers. This is a major breakthrough for all types of safety gates.”

The best news is the ease with which the new latch-alarm system is installed. The electronic alarms are powered by an integrated, replaceable battery, so there’s no need for wiring, electricians or special tools. By simply screwing the latch onto the gate/fence the owner gains both a safety gate latch and an alarm system!

In 2015 the ground-breaking features of the MagnaLatch ALERT were recognised with an Australian ‘Good Design Award’, now an internationally recognised award for innovative products.

In addition to all the alarm features of the new latch, and like all regular MagnaLatches, the ALERT models feature proven magnetically-triggered latching, key lockable security (rekeyable by a locksmith to match house doors), a visible Locked/Unlocked indicator, and a high degree of horizontal and vertical adjustment to ensure ongoing performance.

D&D Technologies’ Marketing Director, Justin Francis, says: “Not only does the MagnaLatch ALERT notify that a gate is not closed and secure, but more importantly it warns that the gate is not properly latched. Until the latching mechanism is engaged, the alarms will flash and sound, even on fences where the gate may appear to be closed and safe. So this product is really an ‘unlatched’ alarm system, which is unique. We’re talking about what must surely be the safest gate latch in the world.”

The two models of the new MagnaLatch ALERT are the tall ‘Top Pull’ model for swimming pool and other child safety gates, and the shorter ‘Vertical Pull’ model for front, side, perimeter and all other pet gates.

All product mounting screws, instructions, alarm battery and an Owner’s Manual are supplied standard.

The MagnaLatch® ALERT is available at Bunnings, other good hardware stores, or your local fencing contractor. SRP $195.


Background information:
D&D Technologies is fully Australian owned, and all products are Australian made. All of D&D’s high-tech gate hardware latches and hinges carry a Lifetime Warranty. The electronic alarm unit of the MagnaLatch ALERT carries a 2-Year Warranty.

Justin Francis: “Traditional gate alarms, which were sold separately to gate latches, were mostly only ‘proximity indicators’, meaning they would stop working as soon as the gate was sufficiently ‘closed’. They did not indicate if the gate was actually latched and secure. Correctly installed, the new ALERTs ensure a very safe gate around the home or pool.”

For technical product information contact D&D Technologies (02) 9454 7888, or at sales@ddtech.com.au. Or visit http://www.magnalatchalert.com.au/
 

Further media enquiries:
Contact Justin Francis or Phil Doyle at D&D Technologies Pty Ltd. 
Phone (02) 9454 7800 or 0413 834 105. Or email jfrancis@ddgroup.com.au
 
 
 

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