Transcript and audio for the bilingual Indigenous product safety broadcast about prams and strollers.
Today we are going to talk about prams. This story comes from the book called Keeping Baby Safe. This book was written by the ACCC. The ACCC stands for The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Dhiyaŋ bala limurr dhu waŋanhamirr pram-puy. Dhuwanydja Dhäwu djorraŋur yäku Keeping Baby Safe. Wukirripuy dhuwal djorra ACCC woŋ. ACCC-ny dhuwal mayali ga The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
The first part of this story about prams talks about things to look at when you buy a pram.
Look for a pram or stroller that has a strong frame and features easy steering, solid, durable wheels and locks that work.
Ḻarruŋ pram-gu wo stroller ŋunhi ga djimuku mala gorrum yäku ‘frame’ŋunhi ŋuli ga dhämanapan pram ḏälkum ga bulu bilma’bilmaram dhu ga manymakkum ga nhäŋu wo maḻŋmaraŋ ŋunhi ḏapmaranhawuy giṉiŋgarr mala dhu ga warkthun.
Look for a pram or stroller that has strong steel parts called the ‘frame’ that holds the pram together. Look for a pram that is easy to steer or turn. Look at the wheels to see if they are strong and will work well for a long time. Look at and test the locks that hold the pram in place. See that they are strong and work properly.
[Look for a pram that is] durable and long lasting = märr weyinŋumirr wo märr weyin dhu gäma.
Durable means it is strong and will stay strong after it is used many times and for a long time. You don’t want a pram that will break quickly and easily.
Several children in Australia have died after a pram or stroller they were in rolled away. Many children need hospital treatment every year for an injury related to a pram or stroller.
Djamarrkuḻi mala dhiyal Australia ŋuli rakunythirr bili pramli dhathar’yun walalaŋ bala waṉdirrnha nhakun dhukarrlil, gapulil wo gurthalil. Dharrwan djamarrkuḻi ŋuli ga ŋal’yunmirr watjpilŋurdja djäma marrtji walalany ŋuli bakthunawuy nha djamarrkḻiny mala, bitjan bili yän ŋuli ga dhuŋgarra ŋupan bakthun djamarrkuḻi pram-ŋur wo stroller-ŋur.
In Australia a lot of children have died because their pram or stroller has rolled away, like down the road, into a river or into the fire and many other accidents. A lot of children end up in hospital getting treatment for having an accident with a pram or stroller. Every year children suffer from having accidents that have happened because of a pram or stroller.
The next part we are going to talk about is the hazards of using a pram or stroller.
Hazard is something that could cause an accident or something bad to happen.
Hazard= bän balaŋ yothu buraki.
In this story a hazard is anything that could be dangerous and make an accident or something bad to happen to a child using a pram.
[The first hazard is] death and serious injury if you lose control of the pram or stroller
Bakthunamirr ga dhiŋganhamirr rom dhu maḻŋthun ŋuli nhe dhu witjarryun pram wo stroller ga yaka ŋayatham wo nhirrpan dharraṯayam ga manymakkum.
When you lose control of a pram or stroller, like it rolling away from you or falling over, the child can get hurt or die.
[Another hazard is] strangulation or suffocation if babies become trapped in parts of the pram or stroller.
Djamarrkuḻiw ŋuli mayaŋ wo gupa garrpiyun pram-puyu wo stroller-puyu girriy mala (nhakun rakiy wo nhä ŋulay).
Children can get trapped in parts of the pram or stroller. They can get tangled up in the straps and other parts. This can cause the child to suffocate (which means they cannot breathe) or get strangled by the prams straps wrapping around their neck and cutting off their airways.
[Another hazard is] falling
Galkirrirr dhu pram-ŋur
Your child could get hurt by falling out of the pram
Trapping and pinching of fingers or limbs, or severing of fingers.
Djamarrkuḻiw biṉiny, goŋ wo waṉa ŋuli gaṯmaram ga ḏapmaram ga wiripuny ŋuli ŋanak ḻapmaram pram-yu.
Children’s fingers and hands can get caught and their skin pinched. Their fingers could get cut off by the pram.
Now we are going to talk about what to look for when you buy a pram
Nhaku nhe dhu ḻarram ŋunhi nhe dhu wuŋuḻi’yun pram.
Straps that hold the child firmly in the pram so that the child can’t fall or climb out.
The pram or stroller must have a five point restraint harness that goes around your baby’s waist and between their legs
Pram-ŋur wo stroller-ŋur dhu ga gorrum five ŋayathanhawuy raki ŋunhi ŋuli marrtjinyamaram yothuwal guwaḻkurr ga ṉapuŋgakurr makarrkurr garrpiyun ŋanya ḏälkum.
The pram or stroller must have 5 straps coming from 5 different places on the pram. The strap needs to go around your child’s waist and between their legs to hold them safely.
Another thing that all prams and strollers must have by law is:
Parking brakes: A way to stop the pram from rolling away when you stop pushing the pram.
All prams and strollers must have at least one or more parking brakes, with red parking brake levers.
Warrpam pram-ŋur mala ga stroller-ŋur dhu ga gorrum giṉiŋgarr mala ŋunhi ŋuli gulmaram pram waṉḏinyaŋur, gulmaranhawuydja giṉiŋgarr mala dhu ga gorrum warrpam minytji ret wo miku.
All prams and strollers must have one or more parking brakes that can stop the pram from rolling away. All the brakes must have the colour red on the brake lever or button that you push to stop the pram from being able to move.
Another thing that a pram must have is a:
A holding strap called a ‘tether strap’ . It is a loop that you put your hand through when you are using the pram or stroller. The tether strap is there to make sure that the pram doesn’t roll away if you accidently let go.
All prams must have a suitable tether strap.
Warrpam pram-dhu mala dhu ga ŋayatham manymakkum ga ḏäl ŋayathanhawuy raki pram-buy.
All the prams should have the right holding strap for the pram
These tether straps must be as short as possible;
Mirithirr gurruri dhu ga gorrum raki
The tether strap must be very short – just long enough to be comfortable to wear.
There are some other things that it is good to look for when you are going to buy a pram
Yurrnha nhe dhu wuŋuḻi’yun pram, nhe dhu ḻarrum ga nhäma manymakkum nhä ŋula nyumurrku mala ŋunhi ṉuli ga mala gorrum pram-ŋur.
It is important to look and see if the pram is strong.
A strong frame – not rickety
This means that all the hard parts (like metal or plastic) that give the pram its shape and hold it in place are strong. You do not want a ‘rickety’ pram which is a pram that is not strong and shakes, bends and could break easily.
Goli wo warryunawuy pram-buy goli
Check that the pram turns corners and moves easily.
A strong and secure footrest
Däl ḻukupuy girri nhirrpanaraw yothuw ḻukuw
Check that the part of the pram that the child puts his or her feet on is strong and will not fall off easily.
Another important thing to check before you buy a pram is the;
Latches and locks
These are the parts of the pram that hold it in place when you set up or make the pram ready to use. These are called latches and locks. They may be buttons, clips and other things that click into place to make sure the pram is strong and won’t fold up or collapse with your child inside.
Frame locks on folding prams and strollers that work and don’t collapse during use.
Birrka’yurr giṉiŋgarr mala märr wanha nayi dhu ga djäma manymakkum ga yaka ŋayi dhu burruḻ’yun.Ŋapiki dhäruk ‘collapse’ mayali’ burruḻ’yun ŋuli.
Test the buttons that lock the frame of the pram to make sure that they work so that the pram will not fold up, fall down or collapse when you use it.
Secure locks on reclining backs so your baby can lie down safely
Birrka’yurr giṉiŋgarr mala nhanŋu yothu märr ŋayi dhu ŋorra manymakkum.
Test the locks or buttons that make the back of the seat fold down. These need to work properly so that your baby can lie down safely.
Clear instructions on how to set up, lock and fold the pram or stroller.
Nhäma dhu dhäwumirr djorra nhaltjan dhu djäma ga dhärranhamaram pram-nha, ga nhaltjan dhu bulu dhaḻ’maram ḏälkum
When you buy a pram, look for the little book called ‘instructions’ that tells you how to make the pram ready to use, how to make it strong using the lock buttons and how to fold it up when you are not using it.
The next thing to look for when you are going to buy a pram is the carry basket
A carry basket that won’t tip or rock the pram when full – best located in a central spot under the pram.
bathi girripuy yothuw. (ŋoyŋur dhuwal bathi girripuy wo ŋathapuy ŋuli ga gorrum pram-ŋur, Yaka Yothu gorrunharaw!)
Ŋoyŋur pram-ŋur ŋuli ga gorrum bathi girripuy. Gämurruny ŋayi dhuwal marr ga dhu pram yaka galkirri dhurputj’thu ŋunhi ŋayi dhu ŋunuŋthirr pram.
A basket for carrying things. The best place for the carry basket is in the middle under the pram between all the wheels. Check that when the basket is full of things it will not tip the pram over. When the pram tips over your child can get hurt.
Next we are going to talk about things that mothers should always do when they use a pram to keep their children safe. These things are called safety habits.
These are the things that Mothers can do to make sure their children do not get hurt.
Dhuwanydja limurr dhu waŋanhamirr nhaltjan dhu ga pram bäki bitjan bili manymakkurr dhukarrkurr.
Safety habit-dja dhuwal bitjan biliyan dhu ga manymakkum djäga yothuw.
Always park the pram or stroller parallel to hazards, such as water or railway tracks so it can’t roll into danger.
Biyak bili nhirrpul pram wo stroller mal’thurr ŋurukiyi biliyan dhukarr’ku yan. Marr ga nhä balaŋ ŋulanhalayak yätjkurr maḻŋ’thurr nhakun gapulil balaŋ ḻupthurr wo gurthalil balaŋ waṉḏi marr ga dhu yaka yothu burakirrnha wo nhära. Guyaŋi ga ŋaŋ’thunmirr nhunanhawuynha nhe – ŋunhi balaŋ pram dharthar’yurr nhälil balaŋ ŋunhi pram waṉḏi?’
Everytime you stop pushing the pram and park it, point the pram in the same direction that dangerous areas are flowing, like roads or rivers. This is called parking parallel to dangerous things. Don’t point a pram towards a river or a road or anything else dangerous because the pram could roll onto the road or into the river and your child could die.
When you are going to stop and park the pram, look around for dangerous areas then look at the pram. Ask yourself ‘If it started to roll away where would it roll?‘ Make sure that if it rolled away it would not roll into danger.
Stay with your baby while they’re in the pram or stroller
Dhärri wo nhini galki nhokalaŋawal yothuwal ŋunhi ŋayi dhu ga gorrum pram-ŋur, märr ga ŋayi yaka galkirri wo yupthun.
Stand or sit close to your child when they are in the pram so that you can watch your child to make sure they will not fall out, or undo the seat belt and walk away. Apply the parking brake when the pram or stroller is stationary.
Ŋuli nhe dhu pram gulmaram nhe dhu gulmaranhawuy giṉiŋgarr bäki.
When you stop the pram or stroller always use the parking brake.
Use the tether strap and harness
Bäki ḏapmaranhawuy raki marr ga dhu pram yaka dhathar’yun ganarrtham nhuna nhe dhu raki warryun roŋanmaram. Ga bäki ŋayathanhawuy raki pram-puy, marr ga dhu ga yothu gorrum dharraḏa.
Use the tether strap that you put your hand through when you are pushing the pram or stroller so that the pram stays with you.
Use the harness (or seatbeat or straps) that are joined to the pram that helps to hold the baby in place, so that the child stays in the pram.
Check that frame latches and fabric fasteners are locked before use.
Nhäŋu’nhaŋu mala djimukuw ga giṉiŋgarrgu mala ŋunhi ŋuli ga ḏälkum dhämanapan pram, yurrnha dhu pram bäki.
Check and make sure that the lock buttons for the frame and the material or fabric parts that connect and hold the pram are locked or clicked into place properly before use.
Watch your baby while in the pram or stroller.
Djärray nhokalaŋaw nhe yothuw ŋunhi ŋayi dhu ga pram-ŋur gorrum wo nhina.
Look after and watch your child while she or he is in the pram or stroller.
Only use the pram or stroller for the intended number of babies.
Pram wo stroller dhuwal yaka dharrwaw djamarrkuḻi’w wap’maranharaw waŋganygu yän wo märrmaw yan yothu’w. Bili dhuwal yaka dhu djamarrkuḻiny ŋapa-ŋal’maram galkan pramlil wo strollerlil.
Prams or strollers are made especially to put one or two children in. Don’t put more children in the pram or stroller than it is made for.
One seat and harness means one child only.
Waŋgany nhinanhawuy ga ḏapmaranhawuy raki mayali waŋganygu yän yothuw ga ḻakaram.
Two seats and harnesses mean two children only.
Ga märrmany nhinanhawuy ga ḏapmaranhawuy raki mayali märrmaw yän yothuw ga ḻakaram.
Stop your baby from standing on or leaning out of the pram or stroller.
Gulmaraŋ nhuŋu yothuny ŋayi dhu ga yaka dhärra wo ŋaṉdarryun pram wo stroller-ŋur.
Stop your child from standing on or leaning out of the pram or stroller.
Watch other children and stop them from climbing or leaning on the pram or stroller.
Nhäŋu wiripuny djamarrkuliny ga gulmaraŋ walalany ŋal’yunnaŋur wo giḻyunaŋur pram-ŋur wo stroller-ŋur, marr ga walal dhu yaka galkirri ga bakmaram.
Watch other children and stop them from climbing or leaning on the pram, so that children don’t fall out or break the pram.
Remove your baby from the pram or stroller before adjusting any moving parts.
Yothuny märraŋ beŋur pram wo stroller-ŋur yurrnha nhe dhu bilmaranhawuy wo dhathar’yunhawuy mala giṉiŋgarr ga djimuku mala djämbi.
Move your child away from the pram or stroller before working on, or changing any moving parts. This is to make sure that your child does not get hurt by the pram.
First, take your child out of the pram then you can change the parts like the locks, latches and frame.
Supervise other children outside the pram or stroller and keep children and fingers away from the hinge mechanism when folding and unfolding the pram or stroller.
Ŋuli nhe dhu ḻapmaram wo dhuṯ’kum pram, djäga nhuŋu yothuw goŋgu marr ga ŋayi dhu yaka burakirr. Waŋa wiripurruwurrnha djämarrkuliny galki pramŋur, gulmaram wallany dhu märr walal dhu ga yaka djiṯ’tjiṯthun giṉiŋgarr mala.
When you set up and pack up the pram, make sure your child’s fingers do not get hurt in the hinges.
Tell other children when they are near the pram, not to fiddle with the parts of the pram.
Never use a pram or stroller as a substitute for a cot. If your baby is left to sleep in a pram or stroller, they can become trapped between parts and strangle or suffocate.
Ŋuli nhe dhu ganharrtham nhuŋuwuy nhe yothuny ganalil yäkurr pram-ŋur, nayi dhu ŋunhi bäynha ŋunhiyi yothu gaṯ’thurr goŋ, ḻiya ga ḻuku. Ga biralyu balaŋ ŋanya matamaraŋ, mayaŋ’ bala watan balaŋ gulmaram ga ŋoy-wulkthurrnha balaŋ ŋayi.
A pram or stroller is not a childs bed or cot. Do not use a pram instead of a bed. When a child is sleeping alone in a pram or stroller without an adult watching them, they can get tangled up or trapped in the harness or parts of the pram. The straps could wrap around their neck and stop them from being able to breathe and they could die.
Never use a pillow, cushion or bumpers.
Yaka bäki yindi wo nyumukuṉiny dämbu’puy mala pram-ŋur.
Don’t use big or little cushions or pillows in the pram.
Never hang shopping bags on handles as these can tip the pram or stroller over.
Yaka ŋalmaraŋ bathi waṉa’lil pram-lil ŋuli nhuma dhu ŋalmaram ŋayi dhu ŋunhi ḏaŋgalkthun dhurputjdhu bala yothuny dhu burakirrnha.
Don’t put any bags on the handles of the pram, it might fall backwards or tip over and your child could get hurt.
Don’t let other young children push the pram or stroller without your help.
Yaka dhu djämarrkuḻiy gäna ḏuryun pram ŋalapalmirriy yän dhu ga warryun ga gunga’yun.
Don’t let children push the pram by themselves. Only adults can push the pram.