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ACC helps Plunket keep children safe

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/05/2016

ACC and Plunket are joining forces to help prevent injuries to young children.

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye says more than 110,000 children under five are injured at home and elsewhere every year.

The corporation will give Plunket $2.3 million over five years so it can develop its injury prevention capabilities.

"ACC will support Plunket to build parents' understanding of potential hazards so they can create safer environments for their young children to grow up in," Ms Kaye said on Friday.

"Plunket nurses will provide parents with resources to carry out safety checks in their own homes."

Key facts:

* Around 110,000 children aged under five are injured each year

* ACC pays out around $80 million a year to support them

* By the time they're aged two, 28 per cent of all Kiwi children will require medical treatment after an accident at home

* The majority (around 80,000) of injuries to under-fives happen at home

* Falls (around 60,000) are the most common cause of injury claims for under-fives

* Last year ACC recorded around 4000 burn injuries to under-fives, commonly caused by hot drinks and excessively hot water in baths, showers and sinks.

Source: ACC

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