The concept for SafeSquares springs from Kiwi grassroots, where farms had designated safe spots for kids to stand when there were tractors and vehicles operating nearby, or stock passing. These spots were usually marked by a paver.
We’ve adapted SafeSquares for urban kids too—particularly in light of toddlers tragically run over in their own driveways. They can also be helpful for older kids who have a disability, or as an evacuation point in case of an emergency.
Hosted by Bunnings stores nationwide, families will have the chance to decorate their own free SafeSquares paver and learn about driveway safety. See you there!
DRIVEWAY SAFETY TIPS:
– Walk around the car and check for children before you get in.
– Supervise children whenever cars are moving.
– Separate play areas from driveways with fencing and gates.
For more ideas on how to promote driveway safety check out the ‘Preventing Driveway Runovers’ infographic from Safekids Aotearoa here.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY PARENT TO PARENT:
Parent to Parent is a nationwide charity that has supported NZ families caring for Kiwi kids with disabilities or health impairments for over 35 years. Participating families will have the chance to donate toward the work of Parent to Parent, just in time for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.