Spotlight on toddler safety

Florence Parry has released her book about preventing childhood accidents. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d406489
Florence Parry has released her book about preventing childhood accidents. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d406489

So says Madeley author Florence Parry who, at 84, has drawn on a lifetime’s knowledge of health education and home safety to self-publish Great Grandma’s Guidelines to Prevent Childhood Accidents.

Florence wants to make the community aware of how to prevent ‘predictable’ childhood accidents ” from choking, strangulation and suffocation to scalds and burns and cutting, piercing and crushing injuries.

‘Since 1975, children’s normal development has not changed because that is natural but what is changing is the environment and advanced equipment coming into homes such as flat screen TVs and little flat batteries,’ she said.

‘Very simple things lead to problems and lots of things are not dangerous until they get into the hands of a toddler. You have to be vigilant with children.

‘Supervising a child means not doing something else and coming back every two minutes. You only have to turn your back for something to happen.’

Manchester-born Florence came into the health education/home safety area by chance but the ability to help keep children safe became her passion.

Trained in the UK as a lithographic artist, her first job after moving to WA in 1968 was as a librarian at York Library.

In 1972, Florence joined the Health Education Council of WA as a librarian.

During 10 years as executive officer of the National Safety Council’s home safety division, she started investigating childhood accidents.

‘I was constantly surprised to find information I had never heard of, information I felt I should have known as a young mother in the 1950s,’ she said. ‘I believed professional vital information on child-rearing ” essential information that should be made common knowledge to parents and babysitters ” was not reaching the community.’

Florence introduced child safety courses, wrote articles and harnessed the media, always aware that ‘you have to simplify the message to get things across.’

Now retired, the safety advocate celebrated the arrival of first great-grandchild Cianan by gathering a lifetime’s knowledge into 283 illustrated pages. ‘Although I have written and had lots published, this is my first big book,’ she said.

Florence’s book is available at www.Xlibris. com.au or through local bookstores; part-proceeds to charity.

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