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    As part of the NSW State Supplementary Program a survey on Household Safety has been run twice - October 1998 and November 1992. The aim of the 1998 Survey was to obtain information on the presence of a range of household safety devices including the installation of smoke alarms, electrical safety switches, and hot water temperature thermostats. Information on the usage and purchase patterns of selected nursery furniture and the presence of a dog in the household was also obtained about households with children aged 0-4. The 1992 Survey was only conducted in relation to Sydney Statistical Division and it collected information on household safety devices such as smoke detectors, electrical safety switches, the storage of poisons such as household cleaners, medicines and home maintenance products, pool fencing and first aid training for carers of children aged 0-4 years. Comparisons on the usage of safety switches and smoke detectors is available between the 1992 and 1998 surveys. Both surveys also collected information on the presence of children aged 0-4 year in the household to look at the impact this may have on household safety.


    The survey aims to provide data to develop State government policy and strategies to prevent and control home injury (particularly to children). The survey aims to monitor the effectiveness of recent specific prevention programs. The 1998 survey will also seek to measure any changes since the 1992 Household Safety.


    1998 Survey of Household Safety

    Scope: NSW civilian population aged 15 and over (in private dwellings only)

    Coverage: Standard Labour Force coverage rules.

    The following are exclusions on coverage for the labour force:

    • visitors to the household
    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
    • overseas residents in Australia;
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.


    Conceptual framework

    Not Applicable

    Main outputs

    Publication : Household Safety, New South Wales, October 1998 (ABS Cat No. 4387.1) and Household Safety, Sydney, November 1992 (ABS Cat No. 4387.1)


    Standard Classifications were used for Labour Force variables.

    Sex - male, female

    Region - formed by aggregation of standard statistical divisions. Minimum level in publication is Sydney, Balance of NSW

    Household type - persons living alone, couple only, other household

    Dwelling structure - separate house, semi detached/row or terrace house/townhouse/villa, flat/unit/apartment, other

    Age - formed by aggregation of standard 5 year age groupings. Minimum level in publication is 65-74, 75+

    Nature of occupancy - Formed by aggregation of tenure type. Minimum level in publication is Owned, rented, other

    Classifications also related to the number and type of smoke detectors and safety switches and location in the home

    Presence of children - Whether children aged 0-4 years usually resident, or visited in the last 4 weeks, or no children

    Other concepts (summary)

    Not Applicable

    New South Wales
    Capital City Statistical Division

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not applicable


    Frequency comments

    A survey has been conducted in 1998 and 1992 but at this stage there are no plans for any future surveys. Though there has been two surveys on this topic many of the data items collected are not comparable and those that are; smoke detectors and safety switches need to be treated with caution if comparing data from the two surveys.


    A Household Safety Survey has been run twice - October 1998 and November 1992. There are a number of major differences between the two surveys. Both surveys collected information on the usage of smoke detectors and electrical safety switches however the 1998 survey collected information on usage and purchase patterns of selected nursery furniture whereas the 1992 survey collected information on the storage of household poisons and pool fencing. The 1998 survey covered NSW compared to the 1992 survey which only covered Sydney Statistical Division.


    Data availability comments

    Data is available in the publication Household Safety, New South Wales, October 1998 (ABS Cat No. 4387.1) and in Household Safety, Sydney, November 1992 (ABS Cat No. 4387.1). Customised data services are available to clients on request.

    02/02/2006 04:44 PM

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