With parts of the country set to experience record hot temperatures, the Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie, is urging people to stay safe in the sun and the water.
“Australia has already been touched by tragedy with drownings this summer,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Tragically, 31 people have drowned in Australian waterways; six of those were in Victoria.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to reducing this number and ensuring people remain safe while swimming and enjoying our coastal and inland waterways.
“If you’re going to take a dip, whether in the river, lake, dam, pool, or beach, remain vigilant around water. Know your swimming capacity, especially watch out for rips, swim between the beach flags, and never swim alone.”
Record high temperatures will also pose risks to the health and safety of some Australians.
“There are plenty of simple precautions we can all take to avoid potentially life-threatening heat-related illness and stress,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Keep cool, and look after yourself and others, particularly babies, young children and older people. If you have a long term health condition, such as heart or respiratory disease, diabetes or circulatory diseases, take extra care.
“If you’re at home, keep the house cool, including shutting the curtains and blinds during the day and check on those you know are alone.
“If you’re outdoors, take extra care. For holiday makers and locals alike, we have some wonderful outdoor attractions and summer leisure activities on offer. Keep enjoying them – but make sure you drink plenty of water when you do go out, keep your body cool, check on others, protect your own and your children’s skin, and avoid strenuous activity.
“It’s all common sense.
The Australian summer is a wonderful time of the year. Let’s all ensure we are able to enjoy it by staying safe, and supervising and checking on the safety of others.”