24 May

Check for me before you turn the key

Published: 2016-05-24
Driveway safety

Every two weeks, a child is injured as a result of being run over in a driveway. Children aged around two are at the most risk – because they’re at a height that’s easy to miss when you’re driving.

At Housing New Zealand we want to reduce the risk of children being hurt in driveway run-over incidents. We’re installing fences at all our properties where there are small children, including self-closing gates with latches that children can’t reach. So far we’ve completed work at nearly 14,000 properties with small children living at them.

We’re also a proud partner of Safekids Aotearoa, the injury prevention unit of Starship hospital in Auckland. Safekids says that most driveway safety incidents can be prevented with a few simple steps – but their main message is “Check for me before you turn the key”.

If your home isn’t one that’s had driveway safety improvements made to it yet, and you’d like them, please let us know. Give us a call on 0800 801 601 and we’ll get on to it as quickly as possible.

Safekids Aotearoa has produced special key rings which include a mini photo frame for you to pop in a photo of your child or children. The keyring is a reminder for you to check where your child is before getting in the car.

If you’d like to grab one of these, you can pick one up from any of our Housing New Zealand offices around the country or go to  www.safekids.org.nz to order one or more off their website.