Safety in the Home, Victoria

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    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)


    The Safety in the Home survey was conducted in Victoria during October 1998 as a supplement to the Monthly Population Survey. The Victorian Department of Human Services and Monash University - Accident Research Centre were proponents of this topic. Target population was persons aged 15 years and over. Information was collected on the presence in households of home safety features such as smoke detectors, electrical safety switches, and persons trained in first aid. Also collected was information on safety hazards such as swimming pools, baby furniture and storage of firearms. This information is cross-classified by a range of household characteristics such as the presence of usual residents who are young children or older persons, birthplace or age. Melbourne and Balance of Victoria geography are evident in output.


    To explore home safety and hazard issues.


    Persons aged 15 years and over were in scope, with usual Labour Force Survey exclusions. The supplementary survey used the sample of private dwellings in Victoria that were included in the Monthly Population survey. This provided a sample of approximately 5,200 fully responding households in Victoria during October 1998. Information for the household was collected by personal interview (one-seventh of sample in person, six-sevenths by telephone) of any usual household resident aged 18-65 years inclusive.


    Conceptual framework

    Target population was persons aged 15 years and over, using the Monthly Population Survey frame. The focus was on the presence in the home of safety hazards and safety products.

    Main outputs

    Demographic variables included: whether a young child or older person was resident, Melbourne/Rest of State geography, and age (horse riders). Data items included whether: home had 5 or more steps inside and presence of stairguards, swimming pool and presence of self-latching gate, scalding hot water, adjustable hot water thermostat by gas or electric hot water system, specified home maintenance equipment (ladder, welder, grinder, other powered hand tools, or none), smoke detector installed and frequency of testing, electrical safety switch, resident with first aid training and CPR (whether in last 3 years or longer), firearms kept on property and where stored, ammunition kept, dog(s) kept on property, handrails fitted in bathroom or toilet, mobility aids used, playground equipment types, types of surface beneath playground equipment, babywalker in household (in use or not, whether purchased new), pram or stroller in use (with or without harness, whether purchased new), high chair in use (whether harness fitted, whether purchased new), cot in use (whether oldest user is older/younger than 12 months age, whether purchased new), bunk bed in household, frequency of horse riding in past 12 months, place where horse ridden, riding for work or recreation, hard helmet worn, motorised cycles used on property and whether one or two or more riders in household, age of cycle riders ( less than 12 years, 12-17 years, and 18 years or older), frequency of riding cycles, rural barrier fencing around house and presence of self-latching and closing gates. Comparison of 1992 and 1998 results for Melbourne on whether: babywalker in household and whether used less than or more than 3 hours per week, smoke detectors installed, electrical safety switch installed, adjustable hot water thermostat (whether gas or electric), resident with first aid training and CPR (less than, or more than, 3 years ago), swimming pool and whether has self-closing and latching gates, firearms and ammunition kept on property, presence of smoke detectors by type of dwelling and nature of occupancy, presence of electrical safety switches by type of dwelling and nature of occupancy, and adjustable thermostat hot water system by type of dwelling and nature of occupancy.


    Australian Standard Geographic Classifications (Melbourne/Rest of State), age, type of dwelling, nature of occupancy, country of birth (Australian/main english speaking countries & other).

    Other concepts (summary)

    Available data items not in Safety in the Home, Victoria (4387.2) include: regular visiting persons aged 60 years or more cross-classified by any other data item, number of steps or stairs inside house, size of farm, age of motorised cycle riders, how long household had dog, regular visiting children cross-classified with any other data item, type of farm where motorised bikes used, frequency of visits by young children, frequency of visits by persons aged 60 years or more, age of youngest child who sleeps in upper bunk, whether smoke detectors are battery operated, replacement of broken glass with safety glass, whether home maintenance equipment also used in the workplace, and whether playground equipment is home or commercially built. Subject to confidentiality and data quality restrictions, data items can be cross-classified with household items from the monthly Labour Force Survey; such as Labour Force Region, family type, and country of birth of household reference person.

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    Frequency comments

    Some overlap of survey content exists with the 11/1992 Safety in the Home, Melbourne survey.


    A one-off survey utilising the Monthly Population survey frame, with some topic overlap with the 11/1992 Safety in the Home, Melbourne survey. Methodological differences exist between the two surveys, but 1992 results were re-calculated to enable direct comparison with 1998 survey data in 1998 published output.


    Data availability comments

    Safety in the Home, Victoria (4387.2.)

    10/05/2002 09:22 AM