Local emergency services have joined forces to urge the community to have a safe summer as the season kicks off tomorrow.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser echoed the messages of our emergency services with road safety, bush fire risks and proper precautions on our waterways all highlighted as key concerns when temperatures soar.
“Aussie summers are absolutely iconic so what we’re focused on is making sure people take some simple steps to ensure their festive season is memorable for all the right reasons,” Mr Fraser said.
Emergency services issued timely warnings about the dangers that individuals may face this summer and some simple steps people can take to stay safe.
“Whether you’re hitting the road to go and see loved ones this Christmas, or enjoying our beautiful beaches or creeks for a swim or boat ride, we want everyone to do so safely,” Mr Fraser said.
“At the same time, we’re reminding people to make sure they’ve prepared their homes for the bushfire season, and know what to do if they’re affected by floods or storms.”
Mr Fraser reiterated police warnings about the importance of being safe on our roads as people travel around the state to see friends and family over the festive period.
“All motorists have a responsibility to obey the road rules. Coffs Clarence Police will be out in force this summer to ensure the safety of drivers and their passengers,” Mr Fraser said.
He said it is also important to get ready in case a fire, flood or storm affects your neighbourhood.
“Our emergency services do a tremendous job protecting lives, property and infrastructure across the state all year, but we can all play our part in being prepared,” Mr Fraser said.
Know your risk – think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
Plan now for what you will do – sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;
Get your home ready – prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance;
Be aware – find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area; and,
Look out for each other – share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.